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California Goes to Court to Get Records From For-Profit

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  The California attorney general’s office went to court Wednesday to seek to force Bridgepoint Education to turn over many documents, the Associated Press reported. The documents cover information about marketi... Read more >


GOP Drives Passage of Loan Bill

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  With Republicans voting overwhelmingly in favor, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to link interest rates on student loans to the market, which would cut rates in the short term but potentially all... Read more >


'Shake Up' for Higher Ed

07/25/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 25, 2013.  President Obama vowed Wednesday that he would soon unveil a plan to promote significant reform in higher education — with an emphasis on controlling what colleges charge students and families. “[I]n the comi... Read more >


Stanford ranked top U.S. university on Forbes list

07/25/2013

REUTERS.  JULY 24, 2013.  California schools bested East Coast universities in Forbes’ annual ranking of top U.S. colleges on Wednesday, with Stanford University and Pomona College capturing the top two spots. Stanford, a research and teaching u... Read more >


In Speech on Economy, Obama Vows to ‘Shake Up’ Higher Education

07/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 24, 2013.  President Obama, in a speech on the economy on Wednesday, said he planned to “lay out an aggressive strategy to shake up” higher education in the next few months. Speaking at Knox College,... Read more >


Holding the Line

07/24/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 23, 2013.  Colleges’ effort to increase tuition revenue, now the dominant form of funds for most colleges and universities, is running headlong into a public that is reluctant to pay much more for higher education. That i... Read more >


What It Means to Fail the Education Dept.'s Financial-Health Test

07/24/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 23, 2013.  How many nonprofit colleges failed the U.S. Department of Education’s financial-responsibility test for the 2011 fiscal year? That depends on what it means to “pass.” According to the depa... Read more >


Many Families Face Unexpected College Expenses, Survey Finds

07/24/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 23, 2013.  College often brings extra expenses families did not expect. That’s one finding from the lender Sallie Mae’s annual survey of traditional-age undergraduates and their parents, released on Tue... Read more >


Back to the Future

07/24/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 24, 2013.  The debate over for-profit higher education is heating up again. And while much of the criticism revived here by Democratic politicians is unlikely to lead to policy changes, at least some action appears likely in... Read more >


Committee Approves Higher Education Regulatory Relief Legislation

07/24/2013

EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE.  JULY 24, 2013.  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today approved with bipartisan support the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act... Read more >


An Explosion in Part-Time Employment

07/24/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  JULY 24, 2013.  Earlier this month, our former California finance director, Mike Genest, drew my attention to a striking feature of the national  job numbers, largely ignored by the media. This feature is the sharp spike over t... Read more >


Obama Administration’s Private University Background

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  National Journal has just completed its analysis of the college degrees (undergraduate and graduate school) of the top 250 Obama administration officials. The institutions at the top of both lists are private. O... Read more >


AP Scores of California High School Invalidated

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  The College Board and the Educational Testing Service have invalidated Advanced Placement scores at Mills High School, in California, saying that “seating irregularities” may have resulted in some students gai... Read more >


Who Will Teach Nursing?

07/22/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 22, 2013.  Don’t mention the “R” word to Kathryn Grams. The dean of the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia is a baby boomer who became a nurse educator more than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, so did m... Read more >


Pac-12 Questions Whether For-Profits Belong in Division I

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Leaders of the Pac-12 Conference’s member universities have written the National Collegiate Athletic Association to question whether for-profit institutions should be allowed to participate in Division I athlet... Read more >


U. of California Pays $4.5M to Settle Surgeon's Racial Bias Claim

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  The University of California has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by a surgeon at the medical school at the university’s Los Angeles campus, the Los Angeles Times re... Read more >


Jobs Mismatch

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Only 49 percent of faculty members at four-year colleges and universities believe that their graduate school training prepared them well for their jobs as professors. Perhaps that’s why, suggested John H. Pryo... Read more >


Free Courses for a Big Problem

07/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 19, 2013.  Free online courses have run into a backlash of late. But a handful of community colleges may have found a way to dial up open-source content to help tackle one of higher education’s thorniest problems: remedia... Read more >


U. of California Gets an Unexpected Leader in Janet Napolitano

07/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 18, 2013.  When Janet Napolitano, the departing U.S. secretary of homeland security, becomes president of the University of California, her leadership may be exactly what the struggling institution needs to... Read more >


Young Donors Are Turned Off by Out-of-Date, Uninformative Web Sites

07/19/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 18, 2013.  Colleges and other nonprofit organizations that want to persuade people in their 20s and early 30s to give and volunteer don’t have much of a chance if they’re not updating their Web sites fr... Read more >


Deal on Student-Loan Interest Rates Will Hurt Future Borrowers, Critics Say

07/18/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 19, 2013.  Advocacy groups for students and teachers are urging Congress to reject ahard-fought deal on student-loan interest rates, saying it would not do enough to protect future borrowers from rising rat... Read more >


UC chief nominee Janet Napolitano has long involvement in university affairs

07/18/2013

CONTRA COSTA TIMES. JULY 18, 2013. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is appointed UC president on Thursday, Californians will be getting more than just a big-name politician who has wrangled unwieldy bureaucracies and responded to natural... Read more >


Udacity Project on 'Pause'

07/18/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 18, 2013.  After six months of high-profile experimentation, San Jose State University plans to “pause” its work with Udacity, a company that promises to deliver low-cost, high-quality online education to the masses. T... Read more >


The Rapidly Evolving Internet-Based Job Training in California

07/18/2013

FOX & HOUNDS.  JULY 17, 2013.  Just as  other education websites on the internet are rapidly evolving, there is rapid evolution in job training websites. In her position as director of the NOVA Workforce Investment Board in Silicon Valley, Ms.... Read more >


The Education Bubble & Poverty

07/16/2013

ACCURACY IN ACADEMIA.  JULY 15, 2013.  A major problem with the student loan bubble is that federal financial aid goes to some students that are not in dire need, according to Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the for-profit college Associatio... Read more >


California should embrace new national teacher preparation standards

07/16/2013

ED SOURCE.  JULY 15, 2013.  Are we finally about to get serious about improving the professional training of school teachers and principals in this country? And will California be a leader or laggard in this effort? Earlier this week, a special b... Read more >


To Attract Students, Experts Say, Persistence Pays

07/16/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 16, 2013. Some parents and prospective students might be annoyed by the seemingly endless stream of postcards and e-mails they get from colleges hoping to persuade them to apply. But those efforts aren’t ... Read more >


How Gates Shapes State Higher-Education Policy

07/16/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 14, 2013.  Over the past several years, lawmakers in dozens of states have passed laws restricting remedial college courses and tying appropriations to graduation rates. The changes have been advanced by an... Read more >


Yuba Community College District suspends federal student loan program

07/16/2013

THE SACRAMENTO BEE.  JULY 16, 2013.  Hundreds of students in the Yuba Community College District will lose access to federal student loans this year as officials try to preserve Pell Grants and other forms of financial aid for thousands of oth... Read more >


SVA working to better track vets’ success rates in school

07/16/2013

NAVY TIMES.  JULY 12, 2013.  A new effort to better track how student veterans fare in college — which holds the promise of identifying the practices and schools that best get vets to graduation day — is underway and should start producing inf... Read more >


House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Burdensome Higher Education Regulations

07/16/2013

EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE.  JULY 10, 2013.  Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) toda... Read more >


Janet Napolitano Will Diminish The Lustre Of The University Of California

07/16/2013

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY.  JULY 12, 2013.  Cronyism: Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano announced she’d quit her cabinet post on Friday to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. Is this the bes... Read more >


Analyzing Surprise Pick to Lead U. of California System

07/16/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 15, 2013.  University of California regents appear to want to shake up the system with their choice of Janet Napolitano as the next system president, The Los Angeles Times reported. The university system — unlike some o... Read more >


New Bureau Chief Appointed

07/12/2013

Joanne Wenzel, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education, where she has served in multiple positions since 1998, including deputy bureau chief, transition consultant, transition manager an... Read more >


U. of California Picks U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security as Next President

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 12, 2013.  Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of homeland security, was nominated on Friday as the next president of the University of California, an unusual pick for a leader of the 10-campus system. Ms... Read more >


Bridgepoint Education Climbs After Ashford Gets Accreditation

07/12/2013

BLOOMBERG.  JULY 11, 2013.  Bridgepoint Education Inc. (BPI), the for-profit college majority-owned by Warburg Pincus LLC, rose as much as 27 percent in early trading after its Ashford University unit received accreditation approval yesterday. The... Read more >


Cost Estimate Puts in Doubt Deal Covering Student Loans

07/12/2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES.  JULY 11, 2013.  A tentative agreement to overhaul the federal student loan program was close to collapsing on Thursday night after the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal would cost the Treasury $22 billion over 10 y... Read more >


Fly the Friendly Skies of United Universities

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Colleges have often been compared to airlines in how they price their product because of the discounts higher-education institutions offer on tuition through merit aid. Passengers on an airplane... Read more >


Calif. System’s Chancellor Has Stern Words for City College of San Francisco

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 12, 2013.  The City College of San Francisco has failed to govern itself and must do “heavy lifting” to fix its problems, or it will lose its accreditation and be forced to close, Brice W. Harris, cha... Read more >


Blackboard May Double or Triple Spending on Software Development

07/12/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Blackboard Inc. is changing, with plans to focus more on innovation than on simply fighting for market share, says the company’s new president and chief executive, Jay Bhatt, who took office ju... Read more >


Report Sees Strengths and Failings in America’s Career and Tech Education

07/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Career- and technical-education programs offered by employers and colleges in the United States are diverse and decentralized, and those traits, according to a report released on Wednesday by t... Read more >


2 For-Profit Universities Get Good News From Accreditors

07/11/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 11, 2013.  Two of the nation’s biggest for-profit-college companies, the Apollo Group and Bridgepoint Education, reported good news from their accreditors on Wednesday. Bridgepoint announced that its Ash... Read more >


New Bill Seeks to Repeal 'Gainful Employment' Rule

07/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 11, 2013.  The leading Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and its higher education subcommittee introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal four controversial Education Department regulations — i... Read more >


Senators Reach Loan Deal

07/11/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013.  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached a deal late Wednesday night on a long-term change to interest rates on all new federal student loans — an agreement that had remained elusive for months, even as pre... Read more >


Los Angeles community colleges begin to deal with sanctions

07/10/2013

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS.  JULY 9, 2013.  Los Angeles Mission College President Monte Perez had shut off his smartphone and sat down for a late afternoon movie when he had a bad feeling about the accreditation of his campus. He stepped out of “Th... Read more >


Senate Fails to Restore Lower Interest Rate on Student Loans

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013. An effort to reverse the doubling of interest rates on subsidized student loans failed in the Senate on Wednesday, after Democrats were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened... Read more >


Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013. The jury may still be out on how much money massive open online courses stand to generate for the companies and universities that offer them, but that has not deterred investors from betting big on... Read more >


Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013.  Blackboard, a company that makes software that many colleges use to run their classroom and online courses, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding its support for MOOCs, though it is relativ... Read more >


House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Burdensome Higher Education Regulations

07/10/2013

APSCU.  JULY 10, 2013 APSCU Members, Today, in an effort to reduce federal intrusion, protect student choice, and limit the costly regulatory burden on colleges and universities, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman ... Read more >


Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013. The jury may still be out on how much money massive open online courses stand to generate for the companies and universities that offer them, but that has not deterred investors from betting big on... Read more >


Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013.  Blackboard, a company that makes software that many colleges use to run their classroom and online courses, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding its support for MOOCs, though it is relativ... Read more >


House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Burdensome Higher Education Regulations

07/10/2013

APSCU.  JULY 10, 2013 APSCU Members, Today, in an effort to reduce federal intrusion, protect student choice, and limit the costly regulatory burden on colleges and universities, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman ... Read more >


U.S. House Hearing on Innovation in Higher Ed

07/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013.  The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce on Tuesday held a wide-ranging hearing on innovation in higher education. Members from both sides of the aisle expressed interest in ... Read more >


College Leaders Strive for Performance Measures That Fit Their Institutions

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 10, 2013.  As policy makers demand more accountability from higher education, a group of higher-education leaders has been conducting an ambitious experiment in turning existing data into a set of five colle... Read more >


Arson Blamed for Student Death in Fire at Saddleback College

07/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013. A fire that killed a student Monday at Saddleback College, a community college in California, was set deliberately, The Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities have not figured out whether the male student who die... Read more >


‘The Retention Agenda’: New Compilation of Articles Available

07/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013.  Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles — in print-on-demand format — about retention. The articles aren’t today’s breaking news, but reflect long-term trends and some of the f... Read more >


No Resolution In Sight on Interest Rate

07/10/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 10, 2013.  Eight days after the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans increased to 6.8 percent, the two parties in Congress seemed further away than ever on a compromise that could retroactively undo the ... Read more >


Calif. Community College Student Dies After Classroom Fire Believed to Be Arson

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 9, 2013.  A 21-year-old student has died after being burned badly in a fire that broke out Monday morning in a classroom at Saddleback College, a community college in Mission Viejo, Calif. A spokesman for t... Read more >


Appeals Court Revives Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Against ITT Educational Services

07/10/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 9, 2013. A federal appeals court has revived a former employee’s whistle-blower lawsuit against ITT Educational Services Inc. that accused the for-profit-college company of submitting false claims to the U... Read more >


Chancellor U., a For-Profit College in Ohio, Will Close Its Doors

07/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 8, 2013.  Chancellor University, a for-profit college based in Seven Hills, Ohio, that once faced extinction when it was known as the nonprofit Myers University, announced on Monday that it would close, acco... Read more >


The Interest Rate Impact

07/08/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 8, 2013.  After weeks of warnings and stalled debate in Congress on a long-term solution, the interest rate for new, federally subsidized Stafford student loans doubled July 1. Unless Congress agrees on a new plan next week... Read more >


Stunned by Accreditor, City College of San Francisco Suddenly Faces Hard Choices

07/08/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JULY 7, 2013.  For the past year, the City College of San Francisco worked hard to meet accreditation rules—cutting its staff, retooling its management, and winning critical new taxpayer support. A core part of ... Read more >


Number of the Week: ‘Non-Traditional’ Students Are Majority on College Campuses

07/08/2013

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  JULY 6, 2013. 29%:The share of college undergraduates who are traditional students. The word “college” tends to call to mind images of fresh-faced young students studying, living and, yes, partying on or near leafy sub... Read more >


Scrambling for student loan rate fix

07/08/2013

POLITICO. JULY 7, 2013.  Congress returns to Washington this week groping for a way to retroactively fix a high-profile doubling of some federal student loan rates. The rate for new subsidized loans shot up from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1... Read more >


GED test changes have students scrambling

07/08/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  JULY 7, 2013.  Across the state and nation, adults are racing to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates by December -- or start all over again with tougher, computerized tests next year. The test is going ... Read more >


Sonoma State Regrets Asking Student to Remove Cross Necklace

07/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 3, 2013. Sonoma State University is apologizing for an incident in which a student working an an orientation event for new students was told by an administrator to remove her necklace because it had a cross on it, and that mi... Read more >


Mammoth 2-Year College to Lose Accreditation

07/05/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 5, 2013.  City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation in one year and be shut down, its regional accreditor announced on Wednesday, unless the college can prevail in a review or appeal process with the Accredit... Read more >


New Report on Measuring Loan Defaults

07/03/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JULY 3, 2013. A report issued Tuesday by Education Sector, a Washington, D.C. think tank, examines the federal government's three-year cohort default rate for federal student loans as well as alternative ways to measure how many s... Read more >


BPPE Annual Report is Available

07/02/2013

BPPE's 2012 Annual Report is available for completion online. Annual Reports may be submitted between July 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013. California Education Code (CEC) section 94934 requires an Annual Report from all approved institutions. The 20... Read more >


Infusion of money for career education in new state budget

07/02/2013

EDSOURCE.  JULY 2, 2013.  Programs that prepare students for college and careers are about to get a jolt of one-time state money that supporters are counting on to lead to a permanent and sustainable expansion of programs. The state budget that too... Read more >


Cengage, a Major Publisher, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

07/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JULY 2, 2013.  Cengage Learning, a major textbook publisher and education company, announced on Tuesday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as part of what it said was a prearranged restructur... Read more >


Monsters U.’s Site Just Might Give You ‘Web-Site Envy’

07/02/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. JULY 2, 2013.  OK, I’ll admit that I’ve yet to see Monsters University, the No. 1 movie in the nation. But I’ve spent a good hour tooling around the promotional Web site for the fictional institution. It... Read more >


Announcement imminent on fate of City College of San Francisco

07/02/2013

EDSOURCE. JULY 2, 2013.  With a decision on the future of City College of San Francisco due as early as Wednesday afternoon, most community college leaders are optimistic that the credentialing commission that ordered the college to “show cause... Read more >


California Governor Removes Strings From Money for Ed Tech

07/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 28, 2013.  California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed his own idea on Thursday to make the University of California and California State University systems spend $10 million each on education technology. The new money was design... Read more >


Whites, Latinos hit population parity in California

07/01/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS.  JULY 1, 2013.  State demographers estimate that whites and Latinos are now an equal share of California's population, with Latinos poised to become a plurality by the end of the year. Latino leaders planned a modest ra... Read more >


Poll: Job Success Most Valued Factor in Picking Colleges

07/01/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JULY 1, 2013.  A new Gallup Poll has found that the factor adult Americans are most likely to say is most important in selecting a college is the percentage of graduates who are able to find a good job. That factor was picked by ... Read more >


Future Job Seekers Will Need Higher Education

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 27, 2013.  The U.S. economy will create 55 million job openings between now and 2020, according to a new study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. Roughly 65 percent of those jobs will requi... Read more >


Jerry Brown vetoes own budget proposal on online education

06/27/2013

THE SACRAMENTO BEE.  JUNE 27, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown, who pressed California colleges and universities earlier this year to expand their online offerings, backed off Thursday, vetoing his own budget proposal to earmark $20 million in funding for... Read more >


Where California's governor ranks based on job growth

06/27/2013

SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL.  JUNE 27, 2013.  A new national ranking for job growth has been released and — surprise — California is near the top. On Numbers, a blog from parent company American City Business Journals, ranked U.S. governors acc... Read more >


Radford Gives Out Diplomas With Spelling Errors

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  About 1,400 recent graduates of Radford University will be receiving new diplomas because the ones the university handed out had two spelling errors, The Virginian-Pilot reported. An "i" was missing in "Virginia... Read more >


Early College Impact

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  Getting a head start on college can pay off. Students who attend "early college" high schools — which partner with colleges and universities so students can earn up to two years of college credit toward a degree... Read more >


'Amplifying' Education's Value

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  The latest edition of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s "Education at a Glance" report highlights the relationship between educational attainment and employment, finding that the gap ... Read more >


Skipping Campus

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  Students seeking online degrees might soon resemble traditional on-campus students, according to a new survey sponsored by two companies involved in online education consulting. The survey, in its second year, c... Read more >


An Interest Rate Compromise?

06/27/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 26, 2013.  With only a few days remaining to reach a legislative deal before the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans doubles July 1, the Senate appears to be inching closer to a bipartisan compromise. B... Read more >


Higher-Ed Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

06/25/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 24, 2013.  Six major higher-education associations have teamed up to develop a new method of measuring student success that provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how... Read more >


Tablets in the classroom bring cutting edge problems, too

06/25/2013

89.3 KPCC. JUNE 24, 2013.  Administrators at L.A. Unified may want to read an article out today in the technology news website Information Week about stumbling blocks that may hinder classroom iPad  programs. Tech writer and wireless network adm... Read more >


Calif. unemployment rate falls below 9 percent

06/21/2013

SILICON VALLEY MERCURY NEWS. JUNE 21, 2013.  California's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in May, marking the first time in nearly five years the jobless number has dipped below 9 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported ... Read more >


Bureau Chief Resigns

06/21/2013

Following is an email sent to the Advisory Committee on June 17 Dear Advisory Committee Members, I write today with bittersweet news.  As some of you have already heard, I have accepted a position with the Assembly as the Chief Consultant for the Co... Read more >


Survey on Needs of Students Who Are Mothers

06/21/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 21, 2013.  A new survey of students who are mothers found that the factor they said was most crucial to their academic success was scheduling flexibility. In the survey, 77 percent cited the issue, but one third of the mothe... Read more >


In a Rare Collaboration, Researchers Will Study Student-Loan Counseling at DeVry U.

06/21/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 21, 2013. Many academics say they have a hard time conducting unfettered research on students at for-profit colleges. And just about everyone says that all students, but particularly those who are first-gener... Read more >


New Model, Familiar Face

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013.  A veteran of for-profit higher education has built a new online learning portal, this time a nonprofit. And Michael K. Clifford’s DreamDegree.org, which went live last month, already offers 27 courses that can ... Read more >


Oates Lands at Apollo

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013.  Jane Oates, who last month left a top post at the U.S. Department of Labor, has begun her new job with the Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix. Wednesday was her first at Apollo’s D.C. ... Read more >


Salary Data for Graduates of Calif. Community Colleges

06/20/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED.  JUNE 20, 2013. California's community college system this week unveiled a new Web tool that provides average salary levels of graduates of the state's 112 two-year colleges. The Salary Surfer database includes wage data for grad... Read more >


Is There Really a Skills Gap?

06/20/2013

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT.  JUNE 19, 2013.  One of the most common refrains of the current jobs recovery is that there is a skills gap – that firms have plenty of open jobs but can't find qualified applicants to fill them. But employers and th... Read more >


Salary tracker shows earning power of community college grads – often more than graduate degree holders

06/20/2013

EDSOURCE.  JUNE 20, 2013.  With the right major, California community college graduates can out-earn workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees – often by a lot. Salary Surfer, an online consumer guide released by the Community College Chan... Read more >


Guess how much we invest in our students

06/20/2013

EDSOURCE.  JUNE 19, 2013.  In the course of a public K-12 education, how much money will be invested in the average California student? How much does a basic, public K-12 education actually cost? Do you know? Can you guess? I will answer the questi... Read more >


McGraw-Hill to Buy Adaptive-Learning Company

06/20/2013

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  JUNE 20, 2013.  McGraw-Hill Education, one of the largest textbook publishers, announced on Thursday that it would acquire the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of so-called adaptive-learning technology. The goal of... Read more >


U.S. education slipping in world rankings: report

06/19/2013

THE WASHINGTON TIMES.  JUNE 17, 2013.  The U.S. education system is not as globally competitive as it used to be, a study by the Council on Foreign Relations revealed on Monday. “The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its gre... Read more >


Huge Minority Gaps in Higher Ed

06/19/2013

NATIONAL JOURNAL.  JUNE 17, 2013.  The Lumina Foundation produced a report last week detailing disturbing gaps in college degree attainment rates by race. Blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanics are lagging woefully behind whites and Asians in co... Read more >


6 Limitations of the Nonprofit Education Model

06/19/2013

INSIDE HIGHER ED. JUNE 18, 2013.  I love working in the not-for-profit higher education sector. A mission driven institutional orientation aligns well with my values. I take pleasure in the thought that the campus that I work will endure for the de... Read more >