A revolution is in the making at California’s community colleges: No more grades, no more sitting through lectures or seminars, no more deadlines. In a pilot program taking shape across eight of the state’s community colleges, the only requirement for some associate degrees will be “competency.”
Students who can prove that they have the relevant skills can earn that degree.
In theory, this model, known as “competency-based education,” could provide students with more flexibility and the potential to attain degrees faster in key job sectors. The pilot is geared toward working adults, many of whom left community colleges at record rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Marianne Boeke brings more than two decades of experience in higher education policy, research and evaluation
BOULDER, CO. (SEPTEMBER 20, 2023) – The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) – a nonprofit organization that helps expand access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education – today announced that its board of directors has selected Dr. Marianne Boeke as its new president following a comprehensive national search.
“Marianne Boeke has a well-earned reputation for her expertise in research, policy analysis and strategic planning—and a deep commitment to issues of access, equity and quality in postsecondary education demonstrated throughout her career,” said Dr. Ed Ray, former president of Oregon State University and chair of the NC-SARA Board of Directors. ”We are confident that Marianne will bring the vision, experience, and collaborative approach required to achieve our mission.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a constitutional reckoning when the Supreme Court hears arguments on Oct. 3 in CFPB v. Community Financial Services Association of America. Trade associations successfully argued at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the CFPB’s structure violates the Appropriations Clause because the CFPB does not receive appropriations from Congress, making the agency unaccountable.
Why should you care? Because until congressional oversight becomes a reality, the CFPB will continue to adopt and enforce inconsistent, unpredictable positions that harm consumers and financial institutions alike.
Nowhere is the CFPB’s fickle regulation-by-hindsight more evident than in the campaign against so-called “junk fees.” Nobody likes paying fees, but the CFPB’s quest for simple proclamations over studied solutions creates more problems than it solves, harming the very people the agency claims to protect.
Let’s say you buy lunch with your debit card. At the time you put down your card, your bank’s best estimate — without knowing about any outstanding checks, upcoming pre-authorized payments, or the amount of a tip you will leave, if any — is that you have the money available to cover the meal. But by the time the transaction is actually paid (typically a few days later), your account balance may have turned negative. Maybe checks you wrote cleared just after you ate. Maybe the tip on that meal put you into the red, or other pending charges settled.
Relief stems partly from evidence provided by the Federal Trade Commission, which obtained a $191 million settlement from the school in 2019
The Biden-Harris Administration today announced the approval of nearly $37 million in borrower defense to repayment discharges for more than 1,200 students who enrolled at the University of Phoenix (Phoenix) between Sept. 21, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2014, and applied for relief. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) found that a national ad campaign from Phoenix misled prospective students by falsely representing that its partnerships with thousands of corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, would benefit students by, for example, giving them hiring preferences at those companies. In fact, Phoenix’s corporate partnerships provided no such benefits to students. The approved applications are from borrowers who enrolled in Phoenix during the covered time period and filed borrower defense applications that made allegations corroborated by this finding. Today’s announcement brings the total amount of debt cancellation approved by the Biden-Harris Administration to more than $117 billion – including $14.8 billion in relief for 1.1 million borrowers whose colleges took advantage of them or closed abruptly.
“The University of Phoenix brazenly deceived prospective students with false ads to get them to enroll,” said Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray. “Students who trusted the school and wanted to better their lives through education ended up with mounds of debt and useless degrees. Today’s announcement builds on the FTC’s work to provide relief to those affected by Phoenix’s misconduct and delivers on the Biden-Harris Administration’s mission to support student loan borrowers.”