Education Department

Creation of Obama's college ratings tested the Education Department

The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.

Feds respond to criticism of bid by ECMC to buy most of Corinthian

Education Department defends sale of 56 Corinthian College campuses to ECMC, saying guarantee agency's purchase will help 40,000 students, many of whom are close to graduation.

Final gainful employment rules drop loan default rate

The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.

Federal regulators debate how to handle direct assessment 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.

Education Department reviews its monitoring of large for-profits in wake of Corinthian collapse

The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.

Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department

The U.S. Education Department opens the door to more tests with competency-based education, which could help set a new regulatory framework. 

Arne Duncan talks about ratings and student debt in expansive interview

In expansive interview about higher ed, the education secretary differentiates about dangers of varying degrees of student debt and suggests colleges might be rated based on whether they improve or not.

Corinthian's failure could cost the federal government $1.2 billion

Corinthian Colleges and the feds have a day to decide how to dismantle the huge for-profit, with the fate of students, employees and $1.2 billion in loans hanging in the balance.

For-profit chain works with feds on phase-out plan

Corinthian Colleges and the Education Department strike a deal to keep the for-profit chain afloat long enough to sell or "teach out" its 107 campuses.

U.S. finds Tufts is violating rules on sexual assault, amid larger crackdown

As Obama administration unveils new guidance for combating sexual assault on campus, dispute between Tufts and federal officials underscores tensions.

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