Public policy

Draft federal rules for debt forgiveness please consumer groups, anger for-profits

Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief.

Small private college closes, blames Education Department sanction

St. Catharine College is closing, and the small private institution blames its demise on a version of the same Education Department sanction that toppled the for-profit Corinthian Colleges.

Controversial accreditor ACICS tried to shut down a for-profit but was blocked by judge

National accreditor ACICS, which faces an existential threat for being too lax with bad actors like Corinthian Colleges, tried to yank its approval of Bristol U, a deeply troubled for-profit. But a judge blocked the accreditor's move.

Kentucky will delay free community college scholarship

A planned scholarship to provide students in Kentucky with free tuition for the first two years is put on ice for a year by the state's governor.

Education Department tells accreditors to focus more on troubled colleges and standards for student outcomes

Obama administration continues to turn up pressure on accreditors, promising in new letter to measure the agencies against their peers and urging more focus on student achievement and troubled colleges.

New taxes helped City College of San Francisco survive, but that revenue dries up soon

Taxpayers in California and San Francisco helped City College sort out its accreditation crisis and loss of a third of its students. But the new money runs dry soon, and faculty plan strike next week over brewing budget fight.

Private donors and businesses are backing free community college campaigns

Businesses, nonprofits and communities are turning to private dollars for help in establishing free community college programs.

Hillary Clinton's ties to for-profit education companies

Hillary Clinton pledges to outdo the Obama administration in cracking down on for-profits. But will her ties to the industry, including the $16.5 million Bill Clinton earned working for Laureate Education, influence her approach?

Public colleges may be responding to state performance funding by enrolling fewer low-income students

State performance funding formulas lead to small decline in Pell revenue per student, new study finds, suggesting public colleges may be gaming formulas by enrolling fewer low-income students.

Florida's Indian River State College sees significant improvements in remediation

A two-year college in Florida makes dramatic gains in developmental education course pass rates, even amid a state-mandated change to remedial education and the addition of performance funding.

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