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Enrollment numbers grew during recession but graduation rates slipped

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More students enrolled in college when the recession began, new data from the National Student Clearinghouse show, but a smaller percentage graduated within six years.

Obama administration has helped weaken and change the for-profit industry

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The final gainful employment rules have plenty of critics, but it's undeniable that the Obama administration has made a difference with its five-year crackdown on for-profits.

Bipartisan support for bringing back federal aid for 'ability-to-benefit' students

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Community colleges gain traction in push to reinstate federal aid for students without a high school diploma, less so for bringing back "summer Pell."

Chicago joins Tennessee with tuition-free community college plan

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Momentum and criticism build for tuition-free community college plans, but even some skeptics say scholarships in Tennessee and Chicago could bring in more low-income students.

Indiana (with Lumina boost) to take over Carnegie Classifications

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The Carnegie Foundation will no longer produce the regular groupings of higher education institutions. Indiana University will take them over -- with a big assist from the Lumina Foundation.

New report builds case for a set of strategies to help community college students graduate

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Research has shown community colleges how to improve graduation rates and create clearer pathways for students, but too few colleges have gone big with those strategies.

Reading Apprenticeship Program helps instructors across disciplines teach reading

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Community college instructors across disciplines can teach reading comprehension, thanks to an expanding training program that is winning believers.

Report on unintended consequences of lottery-based scholarships and how to fix them

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Lottery-based scholarships are popular and bring benefits, but often accompany other budget cuts and can fail to benefit students who most need funds, new report finds.

Online learning push continues in California, but with approach faculty groups appreciate

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California's Democratic leaders have taken a gentler approach in push for the state's colleges to get creative with online courses, including with a $50 million award fund.

Bill Haslam's free community college plan and how Tennessee is grabbing the spotlight in higher education policy

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Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, is big on accountability in higher education -- and he backs it up with state funding. He also staked his legacy to making community college tuition-free.

 

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