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ABA cracks down on low-performing law schools in wake of criticism by feds

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In the wake of federal criticism of its accreditation standards, the American Bar Association sanctions another for-profit law school.

American Public U's new competency-based degrees do not rely on credit-hour standard

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Big for-profit American Public now offers competency-based undergraduate degrees that don’t rely on the credit-hour standard, but federal aid isn’t part of the mix, for now.

Rich students flock to elite colleges, study finds, but graduating college levels playing field

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Access to certain colleges has a lot to do with income, new study finds, but graduating college levels the playing field for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Study of online ratings of professors suggest scores vary with instructor's gender and perceived rigor

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Study of millions of online ratings of professors suggests scores vary with an instructor’s gender, discipline and perceived “easiness.”

Experts talk about the college completion push and what comes next

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The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. Experts assess shifts in the completion push and what comes next.

Study: Higher ed accountability should be based on multiple metrics, not one

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Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges’ outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions’ performance, scholarly study finds.

Regional accreditors refocus on institutions with low grad rates

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Responding to sharp criticism, regional accrediting agencies will focus extra attention on institutions with below-average performance.

Feds unveil details of experiment with alternative providers and accreditors

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Education Department announces eight winning partnerships in experiment to open federal aid to alternative providers, with a possibly influential new way of assuring academic quality.

Meeting discusses challenges facing liberal arts colleges

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Professors and presidents consider whether their business models, demographics and programs must change for institutions to thrive.

Margaret Spellings backs tuition experiment, accountability measures at UNC

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In a wide-ranging discussion, the new UNC system president said accountability measures can stop micromanagement.

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