Foundations

Association wants to create portable, competency-based general education framework

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Liberal education group wants to redesign general education around competencies, and gets $2.3 million from the Gates Foundation for the project.

Colleges move to digital transcripts managed by outside firms

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Use of e-transcripts catches on, opening the door to new uses for the student record.

New Census data on non-college credentials and the work force

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U.S. Census Bureau's first-of-its-kind report on the 25 percent of adults who hold a non-degree credential could influence policy and how college completion is viewed.

Obama administration announces new college commitments and funding for low-income students

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The Obama administration unveils more than 100 commitments from colleges and universities and millions of dollars in philanthropic donations as part of its White House higher education summit. 

WICHE transfer passport is based on proficiency rather than credits

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A multistate transfer agreement is based on proficiency rather than course credits, which might open the door further for models that do not rely on seat time.

UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

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A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.

2014 in and out list for higher education

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A look at the trends, people and terms that shaped 2013, with predictions about the year to come.

Lumina-funded group seeks to lead conversation on competency-based education

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Lumina Foundation creates group of colleges working on competency-based degrees, with goals of defining what works and what, exactly, competency-based education should be.

Obama administration asks colleges to set goals on lower-income student success

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Nelson Mandela's death puts on hold caucus for college leaders to talk about lower-income student success, for which they have been asked to set specific goals.

Alabama community college transfer office is broke

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Alabama's community college transfer website is a national example of how to help students transfer more efficiently, so why is the office that runs it on life support?

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