Foundations

A (slightly) more nuanced Bill Gates offers vision of higher education

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The Microsoft founder and head of influential foundation tells college business officers that big changes are on the way -- but offers moderated views on role of technology and push for college completion.

Clearinghouse study finds declining student persistence rates

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More students are leaving higher education after their first year, according to new national numbers that are bad news for the college completion push.

Feds and Corinthian agree to a plan for the for-profit's closure, but questions remain

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Education Department and for-profit college company agree to a phasing out plan, with 85 U.S. campuses on the block and a dozen to close.

Charitable giving to higher education restored to pre-recession levels, report indicates

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Private giving to colleges and universities is back at pre-recession levels -- but with fewer people donating larger sums.

New book says community colleges should tighten their admissions policies

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Too many unprepared students are enrolling in community college, argues a new book, which takes on both open-access admissions policies and the "completion agenda."

For-profits lead the way as adaptive learning becomes more popular

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Experiments with adaptive learning spread, particularly at large for-profits, as technology takes a wide range of sometimes overlapping forms.

Senate Democrats join push for stronger gainful employment rules

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Sen. Harkin joins consumer groups in call for stronger gainful employment rules, and the retiring senator points to other Democrats who will continue the fight.

New data show slowing national enrollment decline

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National enrollment slide slows, but community colleges and for-profits continue to lose students, with differences among age groups.

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.

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.

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