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Beyond Obama ratings plan, higher education groups are divided over federal accountability

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Higher ed leaders have been overwhelmingly skeptical of President Obama's plan to rate colleges. But they don't agree on whether and how the government should hold colleges accountable.

Fight over San Francisco's community college heats up again

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As the clock ticks down on City College of San Francisco, powerful politicians weigh in and threaten to shut down an accrediting commission.

Ideas take shape for new accreditors aimed at emerging online providers

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Two groups want to create new bodies that would review the academic quality of individual online courses or non-college providers.

Gallup surveys graduates to gauge whether and why college is good for well-being

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Gallup rolls out the results of an attempt to measure what in college makes for a great life and a great job -- and finds small numbers of graduates hitting both marks.

New competency-based programs at Lipscomb could be model for liberal arts colleges

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Lipscomb University shows what competency-based education can look like in its blended form, both in-person and at a liberal arts college.

Lipscomb University's assessment center's high stakes approach to competency-based education

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Incoming students in competency-based programs at Lipscomb University spend a long day trying to prove their baseline skills and behavior, with 30 college credits on the line. 

Regional accreditors align their actions and the procedures they use to impose them

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In effort to ward off mounting criticism of accreditation, the seven regional agencies collaborate to align their punishments and how they impose them.

New default rates trip up a community college

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Congress expanded federal student loan default metrics to scrutinize for-profits, but community colleges are worried, too, at least one with good reason.

Civitas brings completion-oriented big data to community colleges and universities

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Using big data to improve completion rates, and also to give realistic indicators of how both students and instructors are performing. 

New America report takes aim at private college lobby on student unit record system

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A think tank report calls out the private college lobby for opposing a national database on students, which proponents say would bring much-needed accountability to higher education. 

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