Graduation rates

Accreditor will require colleges to stop ignoring adult student retention

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Colleges fail to track adult student retention and graduation rates, survey finds. But one accreditor will now require those data. Will others follow suit?

For-profit Ashford University loses accreditation bid

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WASC nixes Ashford University's accreditation bid, dealing blow to for-profit Bridgepoint Inc. and signaling that accreditors may take a more aggressive stance with for-profit sector.

Gainful employment's hazy next steps

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In wake of for-profit colleges' court victory on "gainful employment" rules, will Education Department appeal or just revise rules -- and snare more institutions in the process?

Complete College America declares war on remediation

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Complete College America wants to abolish remedial courses, but some say its policy push is not always backed by research and its rhetoric can be unfair to community colleges.

Law may contribute to advising overload at California's community colleges

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Some California community colleges have 1,700 students per academic adviser. But a state law designed to protect faculty jobs may help prevent the hiring of more counselors.

Lone Star College adopts differential tuition

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Lone Star College has begun charging varying rates for courses systemwide, based on cost of delivery, and plans to add student success incentives, some of them financial.

Faculty bonus pay linked to student success at City Colleges of Chicago

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City Colleges of Chicago and union representing adult education instructors agree to bonus pay based on student performance.

Connecticut legislature mulls elimination of remedial courses

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Connecticut lawmakers want to eliminate all non-credit remedial courses. While a compromise is likely to emerge, the state's approach is seen as visionary by some, foolish by others.

Community colleges pop up on TV, in film and in new novels

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Satirical fiction is targeting community colleges, which may be sign of the sector's deepening societal relevance.

Lumina reports slow progress on completion push

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The percentage of degree holders hasn't increased much during the Lumina Foundation's three-year push, but policy makers have jumped on the "completion agenda" bandwagon.

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