Competency-based learning

National Science Foundation's experiment on federal career trajectories

The federal agency is conducting a two-phase experiment to design tools to better understand career trajectories of its employees and the rest of the federal work force.

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Employers team up with higher education to bring open data and standardization to hiring

As employers admit they need to give clearer signals about needed job skills, a broad U.S. Chamber-led group seeks to use standardization and technology to better align credentialing and work-force data.

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With acquisition, SNHU seeks pathway between K-12, college and work

The university and its large online division plan to create a "seamless pathway" between K-12, college and students’ first jobs.

Trump administration official describes plan to 'rethink' higher education through upcoming rule-making sessions

Top Education Department official describes plan to "rethink" higher-education standards through new rule-making process, to be announced today, on accreditation, the credit hour standard, the faculty role online and more.

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University of Rhode Island improves student retention and overhauls gen ed

The University of Rhode Island managed to boost its student completion rates and change its gen-ed curriculum while recovering from the budget slashing of the recession.

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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.

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House GOP pushes innovation and deregulation with Higher Education Act overhaul

GOP’s Higher Education Act rewrite would give a boost to competency-based education, short-term certificates and alternative providers, but experts worry about the bill’s lack of safeguards.

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U.S. House committee leaks summary of broad plan for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

House education committee leaks its ambitious first draft of a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, with broad changes aimed at both deregulation and more accountability in how federal student aid is distributed and used.

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Strayer and Capella announce merger amid continuing shake-up of for-profit college sector

Diversification bid from the two well-respected for-profits comes amid serious shake-up of the sector, which continues despite a more favorable regulatory climate.

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Ideas for improving higher education's primary role in work force development

Republican-dominated Washington wants more occupational job training as an alternative to college degrees. But higher education will remain the federal government’s primary job-training system, albeit one experts say could use a reboot.

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