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Report Criticizes Higher Ed's Embrace of Sustainability

03/26/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Sustainability has become "higher education's new fundamentalism," according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association of Scholars, a group that is an advocate for a traditional college curriculum. Sustainability i... Read more >


Enrollment Woes Continue for U. of Phoenix

03/26/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Apollo Education Group's revenue and enrollment slide has continued, according to a corporate filing released this week. The publicly traded company, which owns the University of Phoenix, had a net-revenue decline of 15 percent, or... Read more >


U.S. Keeps Scrutiny of Risky Colleges Secret

03/26/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones. Even as ... Read more >


Why more U.S. colleges will go under in the next few years

03/25/2015

MarketWatch. When officials at Sweet Briar College announced earlier this month that the Virginia women's’ school would close at the end of this year, the news drew the attention of countless national media outlets and panicked alumnae looking for... Read more >


5 surprises behind the student debt crisis

03/25/2015

CBS News. By now Americans have become inured to reports about the nation's college debt crisis. Students have borrowed well over $1 trillion in their pursuit of degrees, and for some, repaying that debt has become a lifelong struggle. What has l... Read more >


Grand Canyon Seen as Unlikely to Go Private, Nonprofit

03/25/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Grand Canyon University's chances of going private have dropped considerably, the Phoenix Business Journal reported based on an interview with the for-profit college's president. Brian Mueller told the Journal that there was less ... Read more >


U.S. Appeals Court Backs Accreditor’s Decision Against a Massage School

03/25/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. In January 2014 a federal judge in Virginia reversed an accreditor’s decision to revoke the accreditation of a massage school in Missouri, and took the unusual step of awarding more than $400,000 in damages to th... Read more >


New York Governor Wants to Reduce Degree Regulations

03/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to reduce state oversight of offerings at the state's public and private colleges, Capital reports. The state's strong Education Department has authority over w... Read more >


House Republicans Would Slow Spending on Pell Grants to Help Balance Budget

03/20/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a budget blueprint on Tuesday that would slow spending on Pell Grants as part of an effort to balance the federal budget. The plan, which would slash spend... Read more >


Community College Transfer Network Expands

03/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The American Honors Network, a transfer consortium that links community colleges with four-year institutions, has expanded to include more than 50 partner colleges. The for-profit company creates a pathway for students to enroll i... Read more >


Crossing State Lines

03/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. California’s 112-campus community college system is making it easier for graduates to attend historically black colleges and universities across the country. The system is launching a new program that guarantees s... Read more >


Education Dept. Considers Creating Not 1 but 2 College-Ratings Systems

03/18/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Education Department, under continued fire over its planned college-rating system, is considering creating two systems, an agency official said at a policy briefing here on Monday. The first ratings system wou... Read more >


Median Salaries of Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges, 2014-15

03/16/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The median base salaries of tenured and tenure-track professors at four-year colleges increased by 2 percent in 2014 — a rate of salary growth that was down a tenth of a percent from the previous year, according ... Read more >


Legislation Linking Tuition to Average Wage Passes Washington State Senate

03/16/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. A bill that would tie tuition at public colleges in Washington State to a portion of the average state wage passed the State Senate on Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review reports. The measure would sharply cut the co... Read more >


Some Faculty Defend Anti-Flag Students at Irvine

03/16/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The push by some student government members at the University of California at Irvine to ban the U.S. flag from the student government office areas -- though unsuccessful -- has attracted widespread criticism. Many have n... Read more >


U. of California Leaders Condemn Anti-Semitism

03/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Students and administrators are rushing to condemn anti-Semitism at the University of California at Los Angeles after several weeks of controversy over whether a student vying for a spot on a judicial panel was dis... Read more >


Feds’ Debt Collector Drama

03/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Two of the debt collection companies that the U.S. Department of Education earlier this monthaccused of misleading borrowers could potentially continue to collect defaulted loans on the department’s behalf under a different contr... Read more >


Student Loans Viewed Differently Than Other Debt, Study Finds

03/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Borrowers of federal student loans have a "fundamentally different" relationship to their debt than other financial obligations, according to a new report by the New America think tank. The report, written by Jason Delisle and ... Read more >


The March 2015 Meme of Job Growth, Low Wages

03/13/2015

Fox & Hounds. In public policy, we often ignore the obvious, due to partisanship, the desire to get along, or ideology. So it is with last Friday’s “puzzle” over both the state and federal jobs reports showing strong job gains, with weak w... Read more >


What Obama’s ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’ Will — and Won’t — Do

03/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. President Obama’s latest effort to improve student lending has a catchy-sounding name — the Student Aid Bill of Rights — and it’s garnering praise from consumer advocates and Congressional Democrats. But d... Read more >


‘Weeding the garden’ of federal regs on higher education

03/10/2015

claiborneprogress.net. The Higher Education Act totals nearly 1,000 pages. There are more than 1,000 pages in the official Code of Federal Regulations devoted to higher education, and on average every workday the Department of Education issues one n... Read more >


The “why” behind career colleges

03/10/2015

MPACT. Just in case the Department of Education has forgotten, or in the event there is a bad actor left out there who is getting a little too greedy with enrollment demands, here is a very simple reminder of why the good people of for-profit career... Read more >


'Bill of Rights' for Student Borrowers

03/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration will announce Tuesday that it plans to create a centralized complaint system for federal student loan borrowers as well as a single Web site where they can manage their loan payments.  In remarks at the G... Read more >


Community College Enrollment and Completion Data

03/09/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Nationwide community college enrollment numbers continue to decline. But student completion rates in the sector are higher than many people think. Those are the two primary findings in a new report the American Associati... Read more >


The Digital Skills Divide

03/06/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Colleges can bridge the "middle skills" career gap by offering more courses focused on digital skills, a new report suggests.  Those careers in the middle require a high school diploma, but not a bachelor's degree. In 2012, 54 pe... Read more >


Drexel Will Phase Out Sacramento Programs

03/06/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Drexel University has decided to stick to its Philadelphia home. The university announced major plans in 2008 to build up both undergraduate and graduate programs in Sacramento. Then in 2011 the university called off the plans to b... Read more >


Change From Within

03/06/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The White House is running short on time to accomplish its goal of encouraging more experimentation with competency-based education and new accreditation pathways. So the Obama administration's Department of Education th... Read more >


Drexel Will Close Its Sacramento Campus

03/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Drexel University will close its campus in Sacramento, it announced on Thursday, ending a years-long attempt by the Philadelphia university to establish itself as a bicoastal institution, The Sacramento Bee report... Read more >


Republican Rocky Chávez launches bid for Boxer seat

03/05/2015

The Sacramento Bee. Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday, offering himself as a pragmatic leader focused on strengthening national security, educational opportunities and the ... Read more >


Distance Ed Myths Debunked

03/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. In fall 2013, one in every eight students enrolled at colleges and universities in the U.S. studied exclusively online. One in every four students took at least one online course. Those and other findings, released this ... Read more >


Debt Relief for Corinthian Students?

03/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration, under pressure from Congressional Democrats and consumer advocates, is deciding whether to relieve the debt of some federal student loan borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges. Under Secreta... Read more >


5 Big Ideas from the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium

03/05/2015

APSCU. For two days, APSCU convened some of the most provocative thought leaders in postsecondary education and workforce. The result was several engaging discussions on how best to close the skills gap, align academic programming with workforce dem... Read more >


Thousands of Veterans Have Filed Complaints Against Colleges in New U.S. System

03/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Thousands of veterans and active-duty members of the armed services have filed complaints against colleges through an online system created just over a year ago, officials in the Departments of Defense and Veterans... Read more >


Fight Escalates Over U. of California Admissions, Budgets

03/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Tensions between the University of California System and state leaders escalated Tuesday, The Sacramento Bee reported. State officials have been pushing the university system to shift some admissions slots from out-of-state applica... Read more >


The GBP Interview: Kevin De León

03/04/2015

Grizzly Bear Project. Kevin De León is the poster child for on-the-job training. He was elected to the Assembly in 2006 as the product of a political deal, anointed by his childhood friend, then-Speaker Fabian Nuñez as the speaker in waiting. De ... Read more >


Feds Fire 5 Debt Collectors

03/03/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education saidFriday it will end contracts with five companies that collect defaulted federal student loans after finding they made “materially inaccurate representations” to struggling borrowers. The ag... Read more >


College ratings plan not the answer

03/03/2015

The Hill. Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students... Read more >


Art plays role in social change

03/03/2015

U-T San Diego. As an African-American college teacher, I am encouraged by the effort to promote black history. Education is the great equalizer and the deeper our understanding of our nation’s collective history, the more swiftly we will move towa... Read more >


6 key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education in 2015

02/25/2015

Times Higher Education. The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition came out earlier this month, declaring what its panel of experts believes to be the key trends that will accelerate the adoption of technology in higher education in the c... Read more >


Are colleges over-regulated?

02/25/2015

The Washington Post. Senators from both major parties are promoting efforts to simplify federal regulations of colleges and universities, seeking to lay the groundwork for a rewrite of the nation’s higher education law. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Te... Read more >


Chancellors Urge Congress to Ease Costly Rules on Colleges

02/25/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. A pair of influential college chancellors asked Congress for regulatory relief on Tuesday, two weeks after they issued a report concluding that colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape." Testifying before th... Read more >


What We’ve Learned from California’s Previous “Wars on Poverty”

02/25/2015

Fox & Hounds. In his 2015-2016 Budget Summary, Governor Jerry Brown elevates the issue of poverty in California. Over the next few months in a series of postings at Fox & Hounds, we will address what we’ve learned from California’s pr... Read more >


Students are returning to for-profit colleges

02/24/2015

The Hechinger Report. Here’s a puzzle. Enrollment continued to decline at public community colleges this 2014-15 academic year, but not so much at private, for-profit ones. Of course, the for-profit colleges offer not only two-year degrees, but al... Read more >


In Debt, Making New Promises

02/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. In largely unnoticed side deals with investors, several colleges have promised they will raise prices on students, force students to live in dorms and even increase class sizes as they lay off faculty. These are not for-... Read more >


Blurring the Nonprofit/For-Profit Divide

02/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. It used to be simple. For decades, providers of higher education were either nonprofit (the vast majority, public or private) or for-profit, sometimes massive, like the University of Phoenix, and more commonly the nearby ... Read more >


California Gives Corinthian’s Heald Colleges a Temporary Reprieve on State-Grants Ban

02/24/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The California Student Aid Commission has temporarily halted its revocation of state-tuition grants, known as Cal Grants, for students attending Heald College campuses, The Sacramento Bee reported. The commission ... Read more >


Feedback on Ratings, Round 3

02/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the ideaand lobbied against it. But as the Obama administration charges ahead with the propo... Read more >


Accreditor Must Revisit Decision to Close City College of San Francisco

02/20/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The accrediting body that voted to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation will have to reconsider that decision, a judge ruled on Tuesday. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the Accrediting ... Read more >


Community College Completion Rates Dropping in Most States, Finds Survey

02/18/2015

Education Week. On the heels of President Obama's proposal to provide free community college tuition, a new report shows that while degree and certificate productivity has increased among community colleges in the past decade, there was a drop in co... Read more >


Making Them Pay

02/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Community college students should be able to afford to take two courses every spring, summer and fall semester, a new policy paper from New America argues, but a number of barriers -- especially surrounding financial aid ... Read more >


The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges

02/18/2015

The New York Times. There are two critical things to know about community colleges. The first is that they could be the nation’s most powerful tools to improve the opportunities of less privileged Americans, giving them a shot at harnessing a fas... Read more >


Defending U. of Phoenix

02/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Last week, we learned on this site that Matt Reed’s son had recently sincerely asked this question: “Is the University of Phoenix a good school?” I have been gratified by the response from Inside Higher Ed read... Read more >


Senator Alexander: Smart Like a Foxx

02/18/2015

Forbes. Now that the Republicans control Congress, what are they doing about higher education? Time will tell, but in my judgment both Senate Education Committee leader Lamar Alexander and House Higher Education Subcommittee Chair Virginia Foxx are ... Read more >


Mediocre Millennials

02/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Comparisons of the educational levels of Americans with those of other industrialized nations rarely reassure those in the United States. And a new analysis released today by the Educational Testing Service is likely to b... Read more >


APSCU Applauds Introduction of "The Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act"

02/17/2015

APSCU. Washington, DC, February 13, 2015 – Following the introduction of "The Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act" H.R. 970, APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson, released the following statement: "We appreciate that lead... Read more >


California Suspends Student Aid to Heald College Chain

02/17/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The California Student Aid Commission has suspended state student aid for those enrolled at the 10 California campuses of the for-profit Heald College chain, The Sacramento Bee reported. The commission said that Heald had failed to... Read more >


Bill Would Outlaw College-Ratings System and Gainful-Employment Rule

02/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. An influential Republican lawmaker on Friday introduced a bill that would abolish the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment rule and outlaw the Obama administration’s forthcoming college-ratings sys... Read more >


Senate Task Force Cites Gainful Employment Regulation as Example of Overregulation

02/13/2015

Higher Education For All. Today, a bipartisan group from the Senate Education Committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), released a report of the Task Force on Fe... Read more >


Career Education Corp.'s CEO Resigns

02/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Scott W. Steffey will step down as president and chief executive officer of Career Education Corporation, the major for-profit chain announced. Steffey took over the top post of the publicly traded company in 2013. An industry a... Read more >


A British Campus in California

02/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A British university plans to build a 6,000-student campus just outside Sacramento. The University of Warwick announced on Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with the University Development Trust, a nonprofi... Read more >


Kaplan Inc. to Sell 38 Colleges to Education Corp. of America

02/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Kaplan Inc. is selling 38 of its colleges, including TESST College of Technology and Texas School of Business locations, to another operator of for-profit colleges, the Education Corporation of America, for an undi... Read more >


Congressional Report Blasts 'a Jungle of Red Tape' That Ensnares Colleges

02/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The nation’s colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape," faced with federal regulations that are complicated, costly, and often confusing, according to a new report by a Congressional task force. The report... Read more >


Specializations, Specialized

02/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Massive open online course providers such as Coursera have long pointed to the benefits of the data collected by the platforms, saying it will help colleges and universities understand how students learn online. Now Co... Read more >


Finding the Right Formula

02/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Performance-based funding in higher education is spreading, with 35 states either developing or using formulas that link support for public colleges to student completion rates, degree production numbers or other metrics.... Read more >


Leaders & Laggards A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education

02/13/2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce State Grades State Student Access & Success, 4-Year Effic. & Cost- Effect., 4-Year Meeting Labor Market Demand, 4-Year Trans. & Account., 4-Year Student Access & Succ... Read more >


Ratings Release Draws Nearer

02/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Officials with the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday revealed a slightly earlier estimate for when colleges may get a glimpse of the Obama administration's controversial college ratings.   The department aims to come o... Read more >


APSCU Files Motion for Summary Judgment in Gainful Employment Regulation Litigation

02/09/2015

APSCU. Washington, DC, February 6, 2015 – Today, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, representing over 1,400 institutions educating millions of students, filed a motion for summary judgment in its suit challenging the U.S.... Read more >


U. of California to Require Measles Shots for New Students

02/09/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of California system announced on Friday that it would require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles and other diseases, under a plan that is set to take effect in 2017, the Los Angeles Time... Read more >


Obama Says Students Should ‘Get the Best Skills Possible,’ Quickly and Cheaply

02/09/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Middle-class college students should have more opportunities to "get the best skills possible," as quickly and cheaply as possible, and making community-college tuition free would help achieve that goal, President ... Read more >


15K Per Course?

02/09/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Most observers agree that adjunct instructors deserve better pay, but what about $15,000 per course? The Service Employees International Union shocked even some adjunct activists last week when it announced that figure as... Read more >


In FAFSA Simplification, Complexity

02/09/2015

Inside Higher Ed. It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. Senator Lamar Alexander, who ha... Read more >


Income-Based Repayment Costs Rising

02/08/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration revealed this week that extending its income-based repayment program to 5 million existing student loan borrowers will cost taxpayers more than $9 billion. The price tag for the expansion of the Pay As You... Read more >


What to Do in Case of a Data Breach?

02/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. [Lee Skallerup Bessette is a Faculty Instructional Consultant at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT) at the University of Kentucky. She primarily works with faculty on digital pedagogy an... Read more >


Student-Aid Group Recommends Steps to Improve Loan Servicing for Borrowers

02/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education Report: “NASFAA Task Force Report: Servicing Issues” Organization: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Summary: The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conduct... Read more >


he MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

02/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while sus... Read more >


Wisconsin Gov. Wants to Cut For-Profit Regulatory Board

02/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The budget proposal from Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, would eliminate the regulatory board that oversees the state's 244 for-profit institutions, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The Education Approval Boa... Read more >


U.S. Spends $1.1 Trillion on College and Job Training

02/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Colleges spent $407 billion in 2013 on formal education programs, while employers spent $177 billion, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The report found that ... Read more >


Rebuilding California’s Middle Class: One Community College at a Time

02/05/2015

Fox & Hounds. In the past few weeks, President Obama’s free community college tuition proposal has received a lot of media attention as a strategy for rebuilding the middle class. Even if the president’s initiative does advance in some form,... Read more >


Higher Education Key Focus for President's FY2016 Budget

02/05/2015

APSCU. On February 2, 2015, President Obama released his FY2016 Budget Request. The budget request for the Department of Education includes the President’s free community college proposal as well as a “bonus grant” that would reward colleges t... Read more >


Education Dept. Details Experiments in Nontraditional Student Aid

02/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education has published a list of experimental sites where it will test the idea of doling out student aid not based on the credit hour. Details about the experimental sites—in prior-learni... Read more >


Corinthian Sale Goes Through

02/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A student loan guaranty agency finalized its purchase of roughly half of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain this week. And the announcement included new, student-centric concessions that earned praise from federal a... Read more >


Obama’s Free Community College Program Has a Catch

02/03/2015

Slate When the White House first pitched its plan to make community college tuition free last month, it seemed to suggest the program would be available to anybody. In a fact sheet, the administration said the goal was to make "two years of colleg... Read more >


California Makes Progress in Easing Transfer From 2- to 4-Year Programs

02/03/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The number of community-college students in California who earned special degrees that are designed to ease transferring to California State University grew significantly last year, but too many students still are ... Read more >


Obama Seeks Funding Boost

02/03/2015

Inside Higher Ed. President Obama sent Congress a budget request Monday that would increase federal spending on many higher education programs and also aims to reap savings for the government by changing some student loan and repayment options. The... Read more >


Lawsuit Targets The Biggest Education Company You’ve Never Heard Of

02/03/2015

BuzzFeed News. In 2001, when Walden University was purchased by what would soon become the world’s largest for-profit college company, the small Minnesota college had just over 2,000 students. By 2010, it had swelled to some 50,000 students across... Read more >


Zenith Education Group Transitions More Than 50 Corinthian Campuses to Nonprofit Status, Announces Suite of Changes Designed to Put Students First

02/03/2015

MarketWatch. Zenith Education Group (Zenith), a newly created nonprofit provider of career school training and a member of ECMC Group, announced today that it has finalized its acquisition of more than 50 Everest and WyoTech campuses from Corinthian... Read more >


App Gives Students an Incentive to Keep Their Phones Locked in Class

02/02/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Resisting the urge to pull out your phone in class is quite difficult for many students, apparently. There are texts to answer, emails to read, snapchats to send, and rude comments to post on Yik Yak. But two stude... Read more >


Counting Students Equally?

02/02/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes. College presidents ha... Read more >


The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

01/30/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Carnegie Unit has been around for more than a century, and unless someone can come up with a better way of tracking college credit, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It presents challenges, but it has ... Read more >


Opinions: Obama’s free college plan is no panacea; just ask California

01/30/2015

The Washington Post. President Obama’s proposal to make community colleges free is a valiant effort to address the rising demand for skilled workers throughout the nation and to improve college access for low-income students. As states consider hi... Read more >


‘Huge Explosion of Wealth’ Drives Record $37.5-Billion in Gifts to Colleges

01/29/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Charitable giving to American colleges and universities has reached a historic high for the second straight year, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. Colleges raised $3... Read more >


Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on 529 Savings Plans

01/29/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The White House said Tuesday that it was abandoning its proposal to get rid of the tax benefits for 529 college savings plans, according to The New York Times. Conservatives had widely criticized the plan, which would ha... Read more >


Bending the Cost Curve

01/27/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Online education can “bend the cost curve” of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity -- ... Read more >


Here's What You Need to Know About the Financial Aid Program Obama Quietly Killed

01/27/2015

Bloomberg BusinessWeek. President Barack Obama wants more students to go to college. To make that happen, some higher education experts say, he should consider reviving the year-round Pell Grant—a shuttered federal financial aid program that hel... Read more >


Obama Proposes Eliminating Tax Cut Designed to Help Families Save for College

01/27/2015

The Daily Signal. The Obama administration will soon propose raising taxes on middle-income families struggling to save for college–at a time when college costs are higher than they’ve ever been. For years, families have been using 529 colleg... Read more >


Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

01/26/2015

The Washington Post. If you watch college sports on television, you’ve probably seen the ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car featuring former college athletes working behind the counter at your nearby Enterprise location. Enterprise – which hires more ... Read more >


Doubling Down

01/26/2015

Military Advanced Education. There are two major sign-on initiatives for colleges and universities, both promoted by the Obama administration, in support of student veterans and servicemembers: the Principles of Excellence and 8 Keys to Veteran Succ... Read more >


Three evolving thoughts about flipped learning

01/22/2015

The Chronicle. While specifications grading continues to unfold in class, I’m also still using and refining the flipped learning model. Recently I had time to reflect on how I’m implementing flipped learning in my classes, and I noticed that some... Read more >


Obama's community college plan: The wrong way to improve job skills

01/22/2015

NY Daily News. Tuesday night, President Obama touted his “bold new plan to lower the cost of community college to zero,” an idea that’s now at the center of the administration’s “middle-class economics” agenda. “This plan,” Obama prom... Read more >


Tracking the 5 Major Employment Indicators in California

01/22/2015

Fox & Hounds. Last week the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) was issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for data through November 2014). It includes key employment indicators of job openings and job openings per job seeker... Read more >