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Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education

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Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation

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An accrediting agency just approved a free, online university with a largely volunteer faculty. Is accreditation really the squelcher of experimentation it is made out to be?

University of Maine at Presque Isle drops grades for proficiencies across its curriculums

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The University of Maine at Presque Isle is moving away from grades to competency-style education for all of its academic programs, with an announcement that both drew praise and raised questions.

Sarah Lawrence creates its own assessment tool, bypassing standardized tests

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Sarah Lawrence, faced with the pressure to assess student learning, bypasses the commonly used tools and invents its own approach. It's not nationally normed, and this college is proud of that.

Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed

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Seeking to gauge how to rebuild public support for higher ed, survey project finds that Americans have less vocational view of college than their leaders do.

Colleges and analysts respond to Obama ratings proposal

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Responses to Obama administration's request for comments on proposed rating system reveal schism between public and private colleges, confusion about goals of such a system, and skepticism about its viability.

Academic rigor lacking but not dead, study says

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The state of academic rigor and student engagement in the classroom isn't in a total state of decay, but there is plenty to be desired, study suggests.

California agency scrutinizes newfangled providers of tech training

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A California agency's threatening letters to a new cadre of technology training providers spotlight anew the tension between protecting consumers and encouraging innovation.

Obama calls for expanded apprenticeships, review of federal training programs

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In a State of the Union address that is mostly retread, President Obama calls for expanded access to apprenticeships and improved training programs at community colleges that are more targeted to employer-demanded skills.

Earnings lag for community college students who transfer to for-profits

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Community college students who transfer to for-profit institutions earn less than do peers who transfer to public or private colleges, study finds.

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