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Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed

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Seeking to gauge how to rebuild public support for higher ed, survey project finds that Americans have less vocational view of college than their leaders do.

Colleges and analysts respond to Obama ratings proposal

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Responses to Obama administration's request for comments on proposed rating system reveal schism between public and private colleges, confusion about goals of such a system, and skepticism about its viability.

Academic rigor lacking but not dead, study says

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The state of academic rigor and student engagement in the classroom isn't in a total state of decay, but there is plenty to be desired, study suggests.

California agency scrutinizes newfangled providers of tech training

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A California agency's threatening letters to a new cadre of technology training providers spotlight anew the tension between protecting consumers and encouraging innovation.

Obama calls for expanded apprenticeships, review of federal training programs

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In a State of the Union address that is mostly retread, President Obama calls for expanded access to apprenticeships and improved training programs at community colleges that are more targeted to employer-demanded skills.

Earnings lag for community college students who transfer to for-profits

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Community college students who transfer to for-profit institutions earn less than do peers who transfer to public or private colleges, study finds.

Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan

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Association of public universities says Obama ratings system could create "perverse incentives," but supports linking receipt of aid to performance on key metrics.

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.

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