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Alexander weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite

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The leading Senate Republican, working to rewrite the law, outlines possible new ways to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes and to improve federal higher education data.

Austin Community College's promising experiment with personalized remedial mathematics

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Austin Community College builds the world's largest learning lab in a former mall, using it for a personalized form of remedial math that is getting good results.

Gates Foundation announces four priority policy areas on college completion, with data system to come

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After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.

Gov. Scott Walker mixes it up on higher education, generating national headlines

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Higher education will be a hot topic if Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin runs for president, with budget cuts, university mission statements and a candidate's degree completion to debate.

Shortened timeline for ratings plan as community colleges air concerns

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Education Department official gives earlier release date for college ratings while talking about quest for quality data and how to capture multiple student goals and outcomes.

Ed Dept. ratings framework ignites new questions over adjusting student outcomes

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The Education Department's ratings framework embraces the concept of adjusting outcomes for student demographics -- an approach that would be unusual for the federal government but that isn't without its critics.

Carnegie Foundation says credit hour, although flawed, is too important to discard

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Carnegie Foundation releases its much-awaited report on the credit hour -- higher education's currency -- which disappoints some by not calling for different standard unit for learning.

Purdue's president and faculty clash over student learning assessment

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Purdue's politician turned president wants a nationally normed measure of what students learn -- and he's tired of waiting. Professors want meaningful assessment but aren't sold on standardized exams.

GED numbers down amid time of transition for high school equivalency exams

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Fewer people earned a GED last year, following the introduction of a new version of the exam. Should the lower numbers cause concern?

Associations weigh in on how to gauge post-college outcomes

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Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.

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