Education Department

Education Department says rating system will be consumer tool rather than comparison of colleges

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Federal accountability system won't compare colleges or assign scores, as Obama sought, but will instead be a data-rich, consumer-facing tool on access, affordability and performance.

New letters from U.S. and accreditors provide framework for approval of competency-based degrees

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Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.

Education Department steps up oversight of companies hired by colleges

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As colleges increasingly turn to outside companies for a range of services relating to financial aid, the Education Department steps up its regulation of those companies.

As Education Department defends Corinthian collapse, Democrats turn up pressure

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The implosion of Corinthian Colleges came to an end Monday as the for-profit chain closed its doors for good -- but the political fallout for the Education Department remains. 

Education Dept. keeps secret the names of colleges found to be risky for students, taxpayers

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U.S. government declines to identify dozens of institutions whose federal funding it has restricted because of concerns about their risk to students and taxpayers.

University that went bankrupt amid tighter federal scrutiny looks to collect money from former students

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Mid-Continent University's closure last year left a messy situation for students -- and it was precipitated by financial sanctions the U.S. Department of Education uses to rein in colleges.

Obama seeks to boost higher education spending and proposes some loan reforms that have bipartisan appeal

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Budget details president's signature higher ed proposals -- free community college, Pell bonuses for colleges and expanded tax credits -- and some student aid reforms with bipartisan appeal. 

Ed Dept. ratings framework ignites new questions over adjusting student outcomes

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The Education Department's ratings framework embraces the concept of adjusting outcomes for student demographics -- an approach that would be unusual for the federal government but that isn't without its critics.

GAO report finds state education and workforce databases lacking

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Despite $640 million in federal spending, many holes remain in state databases that try to link college outcomes to the employment market.

Congressional watchdog questions whether accreditors’ sanctions correlate with student outcomes

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A Congressional watchdog asserts that accrediting agencies have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions -- though report's own data are mixed on that question. 

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