Education Department

Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education

Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

President Obama set to convene rare meeting of large group of college leaders

Thursday's meeting is simultaneously a pivot for the Obama administration away from its stalled legislative agenda and a rare chance for White House-level attention for a large group of academic leaders.

Distance education state reciprocity initiative prepares to welcome first members

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An effort to simplify how institutions are authorized to operate in multiple states prepares to invite its first members.

For-profit colleges say U.S. discriminates against them in state authorization

The U.S. Education Department is applying its state authorization regulation differently to nonprofit and for-profit colleges, in ways that some experts believe is unfair and possibly illegal.

Duncan chides critics of college ratings system, pledges to advance metrics

Calling lobbyists' reaction to Obama's rating system proposal "premature and more than a little silly," Duncan says Education Department will develop metrics by which colleges will be judged.

Jamienne Studley named to key Education Department post

Jamienne Studley, former Skidmore president and Education Department lawyer, is named deputy under secretary of education.

New gainful employment proposal would affect more programs with fewer rules

As Education Department begins new round of deliberations over "gainful employment," its draft language is both simpler and stricter.

Higher ed groups offer suggestions for revamping Higher Education Act

In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.

Minerva pushing proposal to create new accreditation system

Proposal circulating on Capitol Hill asks accreditors to create a way for new providers to gain approval more quickly.

U.S. announces rulemaking on gainful employment, state authorization and 'long-term agenda'

The Education Department gears up to try again on regulations governing vocational programs, and -- building on its recent activity -- hints at broad regulatory agenda in the near future.

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