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Politicians and pundits ramp up questions about value of degrees

Backlash to "college for all" heats up, again, thanks to the recession and presidential election. The counter-narrative sells in the media, and could hurt public funding of colleges.

ACE panel calls for sustaining but changing regional accreditation

Higher ed group's panel calls for refining, not revamping, system of quality assurance, with emphasis on transparency and independence from the government.

McGraw-Hill, WGU announce deal that would shift accountability to content provider

Western Governors U. says it will pay McGraw-Hill for course content based on how well students do with it. Pearson is also using the model.

U.S. officials try to assuage international educators' concerns on English programs

Federal officials address concerns over approval for English language institutes, but key questions remain unresolved.

Walmart and American Public U. chart new ground with partnership

Walmart is paying to send employees to the American Public University System, where they earn credits for on-the-job learning. The partnership has a big upside, but makes prior learning experts nervous.

Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly

Prior learning assessment could be higher education's next big disruptive force, and ACE and CAEL are poised to catch that potential gold rush. But many remain skeptical about academic credit for work experience.

WGU example shows chilly policy climate for competency-based education

Despite conventional wisdom, Western Governors U. did not earn approval to award federal aid by directly assessing how much students learned. It ties student outcomes to the credit hour (though not to seat time).

Texas technical colleges want to link state funding and employment outcomes

Texas technical colleges want to link 45 percent of their operating budget to the employment success of graduates.

Study assesses how megafoundations have changed role of higher ed philanthropy

Study documents how Gates and Lumina -- by collaborating with government, funding intermediaries, and investing heavily in messaging -- have reshaped the philanthropic role in higher education, for better and worse.

Connecticut legislature mulls elimination of remedial courses

Connecticut lawmakers want to eliminate all non-credit remedial courses. While a compromise is likely to emerge, the state's approach is seen as visionary by some, foolish by others.

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