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Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.
Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.
Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.
Austin Community College builds the world's largest learning lab in a former mall, using it for a personalized form of remedial math that is getting good results.
Higher education will be a hot topic if Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin runs for president, with budget cuts, university mission statements and a candidate's degree completion to debate.
Carnegie Foundation releases its much-awaited report on the credit hour -- higher education's currency -- which disappoints some by not calling for different standard unit for learning.
Michigan, Purdue and the Wisconsin System give competency-based education a try, but carefully and with targeted new programs.
Audit critical of the Education Department's review process for alternative to the credit hour raises questions about direction of federal policy and could discourage some colleges.
The U.S. Education Department opens the door to more tests with competency-based education, which could help set a new regulatory framework.
Lipscomb University shows what competency-based education can look like in its blended form, both in-person and at a liberal arts college.
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