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NEW YORK TIMES: Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

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Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened?

Over the course of a few months in early 2012, leading scientists from Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. started three companies to provide Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. The courses were free. …

NEW REPUBLIC: Not Too Black to Fail

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President Obama met with the Congressional Black Caucus in a contentious closed-door session two weeks ago to discuss historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He reportedly said that those schools that could not improve their business practices and graduation rates should, as Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) characterized the remark, “go by the …

LAW360: Ex-CEO Sues For-Profit College Co. Over Recruitment Policies

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The former president of Concorde Career Colleges Inc. on Tuesday accused the for-profit school of using possibly illegal recruitment policies and violating the False Claims Act, alleging in Delaware federal court breach of contract claims and wrongful termination after he tried to stop further violations.

John L. Hopkins, whose three-month tenure ended in …

BLOOMBERG: This Fed Official Just Perfectly Described Why Student Loans Are a Terrible Investment

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William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, delivered a speech on Wednesday morning that drove home just how dangerous an investment student loans are for American taxpayers.

Speaking at a conference on student loan data, Dudley outlined the consequences of the unique way the U.S. government lends money to …

HUFFINGTON POST: College Owner: Greed Is Good

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To say that education for profit is just about "tax status" – as the industry lobbyists frequently assert – is like saying the distinguishing difference between vodka and water is the calories. The effect on self-control is more important, in both cases.

Federal financial aid makes for-profit colleges more predatory. As an owner, …

HUFFINGTON POST: ‘Corinthian 15’ Student Debt Strike Picks Up Congressional Endorsement

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Former for-profit college students who publicly announced a "debt strike" have gained a prominent endorsement from an influential member of Congress.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she supports the 15 former students who declared last week they won't make payments on their federal student loans. Waters, the top Democrat on the House …

THE STATE NEWS: LETTER: For the College Ratings System, preserving diversity is key

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Sometimes, the act of observing a phenomenon can actually change its outcome.

This isn’t a new concept for the physics majors out there. Schrodinger and his cat are the go-­to example in the scientific realm, but the concept can be found in plenty of places, especially education. In primary and secondary education, this …

NEW YORK TIMES: Some Owners of Private Colleges Turn a Tidy Profit by Going Nonprofit

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After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down.

But a few others have moved to drop out of the for-profit business altogether, in favor of a more traditional approach …

MAINT STREET: For-Proft College Gainful Employment Rules Are on the Block in Congress and the Courts

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The drive to weaken government oversight of higher education by the Republican-dominated Congress kicked off last week during the first meeting of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) since the midterm elections, with student advocates arguing for oversight.

Gainful employment rules are a threat to for-profit colleges, who depend …

iSCHOOLGUIDE: Stanford Education Professor Mitchell Stevens Questions Value of Four-Year College Education

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Stanford Education Professor Mitchell Stevens is pushing for a more flexible education model than focuses more on for-profit institutions and less on the Ivy League. In an article he co-edited with fellow professor Michael Kirst, they questioned the traditional four-year college education that surfaced after World War II.

Stevens said prestigious universities like …

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