Institutional administration

Arne Duncan's higher ed legacy

The long-serving education secretary expanded Pell Grants, encouraged experimentation, cracked down on for-profit colleges and took federal regulation into uncharted waters.

Lawmakers consider merging Wisconsin's two-year college systems

Wisconsin legislators ponder merging state's two-year college systems. Some faculty are concerned a merger would threaten the systems' different missions and damage general education.

Drought action plans leading to changes on California campuses

As California’s drought grows more severe, colleges across the state are stepping up their water conservation efforts.

'Interactive Learning Spaces' at the center of Ball State U.'s faculty development program

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Can active learning techniques and flexible classroom seating improve student outcomes? Research at Ball State University has produced mixed results.

At second higher ed summit, Obama administration mixes praise and accountability

The summit underscores a tension in the Obama administration’s higher ed approach: how to promote colleges' and universities' successes while holding them more accountable. 

Higher ed, especially tuition, an issue in governors races

Higher education issues -- mostly tuition costs -- are showing up in governors races across the country.

In gainful employment fight, for-profits make familiar arguments against different landscape

Can a for-profit industry beset by growing legal and financial woes fend off the Obama administration's second try at gainful employment rules?

Armed with federal data, Maryland goes after out-of-state distance education providers

Maryland fires off letters to large and small distance education providers alike in an attempt to find out who's teaching students in the state. Is this quality control or protectionism?

U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation

An accrediting agency just approved a free, online university with a largely volunteer faculty. Is accreditation really the squelcher of experimentation it is made out to be?

Higher education associations stake out positions on ratings system

Higher ed associations start to take firmer stances against part of President Obama's proposal to rate colleges.

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