Distance education

Debate over graduation rates at Rio Salado, the largely online community college

The mostly online Rio Salado College pushes back on a critique of its graduation rates, while nonprofit colleges may be feeling more heat about their results amid the collapse of for-profits.

Udacity ends pledge for students to get hired or get their money back

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Online education provider Udacity quietly drops money-back pledge for those who can't find a job after finishing their studies.

Universities stall on ‘confusing’ distance education regulations

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Colleges seek guidance about looming federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether academic programs meet licensing requirements in their home states.

Study finds evidence of racial and gender bias in online education

Study finds instructors are much more likely to respond to comments from white male students than from others.

Study suggests ways liberal arts colleges can create online courses

Initiative to encourage liberal arts colleges to create online courses gets positive reviews from faculty members, but students may not be convinced.

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.

Unusual approach to tuition assistance for McDonald's employees

McDonald’s brings a flexible approach and free career and college advising to its tuition assistance program, which is aimed in part at keeping employees on the job longer.

Ted Mitchell will be the American Council on Education's next president

Ted Mitchell brings a wide-ranging background to the American Council on Education, including work on reforms the higher education lobby group has opposed.

Purdue's deal for Kaplan packs low up-front costs, long terms and boundary-pushing details

Purdue’s deal for Kaplan U trades a long-term business relationship for low up-front costs while raising worries -- especially among faculty groups -- about blurred lines between public and private higher ed.

Report finds growth but volatility in online education market

Online enrollment continues to grow as the total number of students in college shrinks. The growth is particularly strong at private nonprofit colleges, report finds.

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