Week in Review

Aug/24/2015 - 3:51pm

Many smart students forgo college in the mistaken belief that they cannot afford it. The financial aid system, which is intended to increase opportunities for low-income students, is largely to blame.

Students must fight through thickets of paperwork and endure long delays to obtain definitive information about the aid for which they qualify. Many give up …

Aug/24/2015 - 3:28pm

Studying in the library, getting help from a tutor, even cheering at a college football game — all of those activities carry a little extra reward for low-income students at Ball State University.

The university is in its second year of offering a mobile application called “Ball State Achievements,” designed for students who come to Ball …

Aug/24/2015 - 3:25pm

The Education Department has grown into one of the biggest money lenders in the country, overseeing a $1.2 trillion portfolio of student debt rivaling the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase with a staff roughly the size of the National Weather Service.

But instead of fulfilling a presidential mission of remaking and simplifying a confusing and …

Aug/21/2015 - 1:35pm

The messy unwinding of Corinthian Colleges was an unprecedented dance among various actors: the U.S. Department of Education, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and buyers like ECMC’s Zenith Group — not to mention members of Congress and student and consumer groups.

But another, far less visible, entity also had a strong interest in …

Aug/21/2015 - 1:31pm

With recent headlines on high-profile security breaches at the highest levels of government and business, it is not surprising that demand for trained cyber security professionals is growing. As a result, employers are struggling to find qualified people to fill vacant information technology and security positions. Private sector institutions are responding to this demand, as …

Aug/21/2015 - 1:26pm

Washington, DC, August 17, 2015 – APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to highlight the latest example of overregulation and conflicting policies that exist in higher education.

Gunderson’s letter detailed the …

Aug/21/2015 - 1:16pm

Steven Gunderson, president of the industry's trade association, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said the government is overreacting to the bad behavior of a few companies. He suggested that the Obama administration's pressure on for-profit institutions smacks of elitism, noting that these schools often enroll a greater percentage of underserved students, such …

Aug/14/2015 - 3:10pm

For many years, U.S. manufacturers have lamented the shortage of job applicants with the skills needed to work in modern manufacturing. The old manufacturing jobs – rote repetition on an assembly line – are gone and are not coming back. We need bright young people who can handle sophisticated machinery and computers, but they are …

Aug/14/2015 - 2:59pm

Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges — the kind that aren't linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials.

A new prototype from a group of …

Aug/14/2015 - 2:44pm

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Colleges and Universities has worked to make its voice heard in discussions about competency-based education, MOOCs and other trendy alternatives to traditional higher education.

Yet as the academy’s primary defender of the value of a liberal education, the group’s real goal must be to defend the status quo and keep …

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