Public policy

Purdue U gets into competency-based education with new bachelor's degree

Accreditor approves Purdue's new competency-based bachelor's degree, which blends technical disciplines with the humanities and has a customizable approach designed more for a career than a first job.

Kentucky weighs free community college proposal

Kentucky lawmakers mull a scholarship bill that could add the state to those offering free community college.

New job site in Colorado brings together powerful players in experiment worth watching

The Markle Foundation, LinkedIn and the state of Colorado team up on a jobs site that seeks to create a common, skills-based language among job seekers, employers and education providers.

Pearson jumps into community college student recruiting with new Cincinnati State partnership

Community colleges are getting creative with how they handle low enrollment and money problems. A two-year college in Ohio has gone farther than most by hiring education juggernaut Pearson to handle marketing, recruitment and retention of students.

Accreditor blocks Grand Canyon U's attempt to become a nonprofit

Grand Canyon U's leaders criticize decision by its accreditor to block the company's attempt to go nonprofit, raising questions about the broad use of outsourcing in higher education.

Obama administration leans on state agencies to tighten up oversight of for-profits

The Obama administration prods state regulators to tighten their oversight of for-profits, with a focus on job placement rates. But confusion about calculating those rates reigns, and many state agencies are understaffed and outgunned.

What does Trump University show about state regulation of for-profit schools?

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State regulators, not the federal government, were in the best position to crack down on Donald Trump's now-defunct educational venture, which has become a hot campaign issue.

Rhode Island governor tapped public college foundations to pay for state business

Public college foundations raise money in part to offset tight state budgets. But Rhode Island's governor is tapping foundation money to pay for state business.

The U of Phoenix looks to rise again with new advertising campaign

The beleaguered U of Phoenix fires back with new advertising campaign that challenges criticism of the for-profit institution.

Survey finds increased use of learning outcomes measures, but decline in standardized tests

Measures of student learning, beyond grades, are on the rise, according to results of a new survey. But colleges are less likely to use standardized tests for learning outcomes.

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