Colleges Seek Waivers to Experiment With Federal Aid

October 8, 2014

Scores of colleges and universities are taking the Obama administration up on its offer to waive certain federal rules for institutions that want to test out competency-based education and other new models of higher education.

More than 75 institutions told the U.S. Department of Education before last week’s deadline that they want to participate in its “experimental sites” program, according to spokeswoman Denise Horn. Some of the colleges indicated interest in more than one type of experiment, which include prior learning assessment, competency-based education, high school counseling, and Pell Grant distribution.

Horn said the department would be approving colleges to participate in the program “over the coming weeks.”

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