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Accreditors' role in the expansion of competency-based education

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Competency-based education is hot, which keeps accreditors busy trying to ensure quality control without stifling innovation.

New data from Virginia agency tracks graduate earnings two decades later

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Virginia releases the first detailed look at mid-career earnings of college graduates, but the report warns against broad, oversimplified conclusions about the data.

Group wants to create voluntary standards for the for-profit industry

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New effort aims to create voluntary standards and a seal of approval aimed at for-profit colleges, this time by an outside group that works with a wide swath of the corporate world.

Costly campus and erratic enrollment strategies have Vermont college on edge

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Buying a new campus sends Burlington College deep into debt. Can it survive?

New College Success Group in Arizona

The Arizona College Scholarship Foundation has merged with the Arizona College Access Network to form a new group that will serve as a "statewide voice for college access and success," according to a written statement. The group will add supports to an existing network of 200 college access programs across the state, which provide standards, training and tools aimed at helping more students graduate from college. The scholarship foundation has a particular focus on first-generation college students who are members of minority groups.

Study of Graduation Rates of Returning Students

A group of five higher education associations and other organizations are collaborating on a study of the retention and graduation rates of five million students who are not first-time college students. The American Council on Education, InsideTrack, NASPA -- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and the National Student Clearinghouse last month announced the research project, which is slated to be wrapped up this fall.

The research is intended to give a broader, more accurate view of student completion trends than federal graduation rates, which track only first-time, full-time students. This approach fails to capture the large number of adult students who enroll in college multiple times. The Clearinghouse database, however, can provide information on almost all students. The new study will look at aggregate enrollment patterns, breaking out data by institution type, age of students, gender, geographic location, enrollment intensity and the type of degree pursued. 

4 states' project to share data sheds light on college outcomes

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Western consortium says four states' sharing of data on college and workforce outcomes improved their understanding of how their citizens fared after high school.

ABA Approves Changes in Law School Accreditation

The American Bar Association's governing council has approved changes in the ABA rules for accrediting law schools, The National Law Journal reported. The changes will require that law school have students gain experience in clinics or other real world settings, and will shift an emphasis from the qualifications of entering students to measures of learning and placement rates. The ABA and law schools have been criticized for not doing enough in the past about law schools that enroll students who may have little chance at employment in jobs sufficient to repay their loans.

 

Legislative Panel Votes to Censure U. of Texas Regent

The Texas House Transparency Committee voted Monday to censure Wallace Hall, a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, for “misconduct, incompetency in the performance of official duties, or behavior unbefitting a nominee for and holder of a state office," The Texas Tribune reported. Hall has engaged in lengthy investigations, complete with mammoth document requests, of the University of Texas at Austin, and many have accused him of a witch hunt to try to force the ouster of President Bill Powers. Hall issued a statement saying that "the committee's findings are based on distortions, untruths, and intentional misrepresentations."

New workforce fund in Louisiana ties money to jobs and private donations

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Louisiana's two-year colleges get the backing of business -- and more state funding -- thanks to workforce focus and program cuts.

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