29 juin 2014

Tying Federal Aid to College Ratings

The New York TimesCollege and university leaders have been up in arms since President Obama announced last year that the administration would soon deploy a rating system that evaluates schools based on factors like affordability, graduation rates, student earnings and how well institutions serve low-income students. Mr. Obama wants Congress to use the ratings to help guide the allocation of federal student loans and grants. More...

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Beltway Needs New Higher Education Ideas

http://i.forbesimg.com/assets/img/forbes_logo/forbes_logo_white.pngBy Michael Horn. It’s time for some new ideas in Washington, D.C. to curb what is a very real problem. The new documentary Ivory Tower does a good job of outlining that problem. Higher education tuition continues to rise. According to the White House, “Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled, while a typical family’s income has barely budged.” Debt for college graduates is spiraling upward. The challenge of repaying the loans is growing. More...

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Four Big Cases

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. Two Circuit Court and two Supreme Court cases about privacy in the electronic age are making the news today. One tests section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, another the Department of Homeland Security’s procedures for the “no-fly” list, and the two in Supreme Court, resulting in one opinion, a very important precedent for Fourth Amendment rights regarding smart phones. Read more...

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28 juin 2014

The Power of Giant Sticky Notes

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. This week I had one of the more satisfying creative experiences I’ve had in a while. It involved about a half dozen people and a few giant sticky notes. No, I’m not setting up a punchline. Without revealing too much, I’ll say that several of us from different functional areas are up against a shared -- and short -- deadline. We had to come up with a relatively detailed plan in a short time. Read more...

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Education Department Again Delays ‘State Authorization’ Rule

HomeThe U.S. Department of Education is again delaying the deadline for when colleges must comply with a requirement that they obtain authorization from regulators in each state in which they are physically located. The rule was set to take effect next month, but the department announced Monday that it is pushing the deadline back to July 1, 2015. This is the second time the department has provided such an extension for a rule that many colleges have said is confusing. Some have also said the rule is being enforced unfairly. The regulation is aimed at setting some minimum standards for how a state approves colleges operating within its borders. Read more...

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Nearly 70 Colleges Team Up to Assess Student Learning

HomeNearly 70 institutions are collaborating to better assess learning outcomes as part of a new initiative called the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment. The colleges and universities are a mix of two- and four-year institutions. Read more...

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Education Department Will ‘Pause’ on State Authorization Rule

HomeThe Obama administration is delaying its plan to develop a controversial rule that would require online programs to obtain approval from each and every state in which they enroll students, a top Education Department official said Wednesday. Read more...

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House Republicans Announce Three Higher Ed Act Bills


House Republicans on Thursday released a package of three bills that kick off their step-by-step approach to rewriting the Higher Education Act.

  • The first bill aims to boost financial counseling for students who take out federal loans or grants. Read more...

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Proof via Straw Man

HomeBy Wade Dyke. There is a pattern of dishonesty taking place in some of the criticism of for-profit colleges. Too frequently, opponents of the sector take advantage of students and use an individual as a “straw man” to try to prove a point about student debt and tuition. Read more...

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Fighting for Survival

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Elizabeth City State University faced a brief existential crisis last month when North Carolina lawmakers toyed with the idea of closing the historically black institution. The lawmakers backed off, but the episode was just one in a series of challenges facing the country’s 40 public historically black four-year colleges and universities. Read more...

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