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State regulators express concern over Education Department's new draft state authorization proposal

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State regulators are concerned that the Education Department's new proposal will impose substantial new burdens on their offices.

New America report provides snapshot of rising debt burdens of graduate students

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New snapshot shows that borrowers are taking out more loans to pay for their advanced degrees across a range of disciplines.

New America report takes aim at private college lobby on student unit record system

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A think tank report calls out the private college lobby for opposing a national database on students, which proponents say would bring much-needed accountability to higher education. 

New York's governor wants to pay for prisoners' college education

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New York's governor hopes a college education can help cut prison costs. Critics think the money is going to the wrong people.

Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education

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Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

Under Congressional scrutiny, colleges alter wording of financial aid websites

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Responding to unusually detailed criticism from a member of Congress last week, dozens of colleges change the wording of their financial aid websites. 

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.

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.

UVa backs away from loan-free offer to its poorest students

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Why is the University of Virginia backing away from a student aid policy that succeeded in attracting more low-income students? And why is UNC standing by a similar policy?

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.

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