Higher ed group seeks key role in alternative credential landscape

The American Council on Education has announced plans to evaluate skills learned in the workplace, putting a key higher ed organization in the middle of the alternative credentials landscape.

Elevating economic mobility on the agenda of higher education leaders

New coalition of colleges, researchers and higher ed groups aims to understand why and how some institutions excel at enrolling and graduating underprivileged students (and others don’t).

New federal higher ed outcome measures count part-time, adult students

A decade in the making, upgrade of the federal government’s main higher ed database enables tracking part-time and adult students and gauging graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients. Limits remain, though.

Education Dept. updates higher ed consumer tool, adds new comparison feature

The Department of Education rolls out updated information on its college transparency tool, including a new comparison feature.

AAC&U Releases Report on National, Large-Scale Look at Student Learning

First data, based on analysis of work at 92 colleges, finds much success in writing, some success in critical thinking and more limited success in quantitative skills.

Experts talk about the college completion push and what comes next


The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. Experts assess shifts in the completion push and what comes next.

Study: Higher ed accountability should be based on multiple metrics, not one

Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges’ outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions’ performance, scholarly study finds.

University of Illinois wants deal to free state funding

U of Illinois System and some legislators back plan to end budget impasse by putting limits on tuition increases and out-of-state enrollments.

NSSE survey finds lack of support, unsafe feelings among minority students

Student engagement survey finds black students are more than twice as likely as other students to feel "physically unsafe" on campus, and that black professors interact more with their students than do other professors.

Margaret Spellings backs tuition experiment, accountability measures at UNC

In a wide-ranging discussion, the new UNC system president said accountability measures can stop micromanagement.


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