Public policy

For-profit chains announce a new wave of closures and sell-offs

Two major for-profits announce campus closures and sell-offs as the industry continues a long slide caused by regulatory crackdowns, competition and bad publicity.

University of Maine System considering umbrella accreditation for its 7 campuses

U of Maine System wants to end campus-by-campus accreditation. Would local needs and faculty voice be lost?

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.

Nearly half of four-year college graduates attended two-year college

Study reveals nearly half of 4-year college graduates have attended a 2-year institution within 10 years of their college career.

Gates Foundation announces four priority policy areas on college completion, with data system to come

After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.

Accelerated associate degree track at CUNY pays off and earns fans

CUNY's accelerated degree program for community college students doubles graduation rates and is cost-effective, a study finds. And the model may be exported to three Ohio colleges.

Two-year colleges in Washington State expand competency-based project with business degree

Eight Washington State community colleges will offer an online, competency-based business degree, as emerging form of higher education wins fans -- and some critics -- in the state.

Obama's higher education plan for the end of his term

The White House adds to its lengthy list of proposals for higher education, but faces long odds in Congress for most of the agenda.

GED numbers down amid time of transition for high school equivalency exams

Fewer people earned a GED last year, following the introduction of a new version of the exam. Should the lower numbers cause concern?

Questions about whether Washington State's funding formula increases student completion

Study says Washington State's performance funding formula has not improved completion rates at two-year colleges, but officials at the system point to data that say otherwise.

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