The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.
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The Degree Qualifications Profile aimed to better define what a degree should mean. As its sponsors release a new version nearly four years later, the document has spurred discussions about learning at hundreds of colleges, but tangible impact has been limited.
LinkedIn gets into college rankings with an employment outcomes tool based on big samples and plenty of specifics about real people.
Proposals to judge colleges with federal scorecards and rating systems would replace accreditors' thorough reviews of quality with a simplistic checklist that will only address symptoms and encourage gaming, argue Belle Wheelan and Mark Elgart.
New data on the labor-market returns of short-term certificates show both the value and pitfalls of using earnings data as a yardstick in higher education.
A new group of 11 public research universities says it can set aside competition and prestige-chasing to work together to graduate more low-income students.
New effort aims to create voluntary standards and a seal of approval aimed at for-profit colleges, this time by an outside group that works with a wide swath of the corporate world.
New data on the 31 million Americans who attended college but failed to earn a credential, including details about 4 million who are almost there.
Colleges and universities need to get involved in the the rollout of the Common Core curriculum, argues a new paper from the New America Foundation.
More students are leaving higher education after their first year, according to new national numbers that are bad news for the college completion push.
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