Public policy

Education Department says rating system will be consumer tool rather than comparison of colleges

Federal accountability system won't compare colleges or assign scores, as Obama sought, but will instead be a data-rich, consumer-facing tool on access, affordability and performance.

Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials

Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.

Community colleges team up with employers on skills development

Employers and community colleges team up to design new courses and alternative credentials that attempt to close the skills gap by better preparing students for jobs.

Wisconsin faculty incensed by motion to eliminate tenure from state statute

Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin System are incensed at a legislative move to eliminate tenure from state statute.

As rich universities get richer, are poor students being left behind?

The gap between wealthy universities and the rest of the pack is widening at an ever faster pace, leaving low-income students in the lurch.

Obama administration may soon announce experimental access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students

The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.

Illinois's College of DuPage courts controversy once again

Suburban Chicago's College of DuPage has a long history of conflict and scandal, particularly ones involving its Board of Trustees and presidents.

Champlain College expands in online adult learner market

Champlain College continues to expand in the adult learner market, landing a high-profile partner with the federal government. Does it provide a model for small private colleges to succeed online?

SEC charges ITT with fraud over student loan programs

SEC charges ITT and top two executives with fraud, alleging they misled investors about huge losses in lending programs. Embattled company asks regulators not to run with fraud allegations until the court rules on them.

States and colleges increasingly seek to alter remedial classes

Minnesota becomes the latest state to examine remedial education reform in an effort to lower college costs and retain students.

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