Education Department

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. 

Creation of Obama's college ratings tested the Education Department

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The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.

Feds respond to criticism of bid by ECMC to buy most of Corinthian

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Education Department defends sale of 56 Corinthian College campuses to ECMC, saying guarantee agency's purchase will help 40,000 students, many of whom are close to graduation.

Final gainful employment rules drop loan default rate

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The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.

Federal regulators debate how to handle direct assessment programs

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Audit critical of the Education Department's review process for alternative to the credit hour raises questions about direction of federal policy and could discourage some colleges.

Education Department reviews its monitoring of large for-profits in wake of Corinthian collapse

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The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.

Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department

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The U.S. Education Department opens the door to more tests with competency-based education, which could help set a new regulatory framework. 

Arne Duncan talks about ratings and student debt in expansive interview

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In expansive interview about higher ed, the education secretary differentiates about dangers of varying degrees of student debt and suggests colleges might be rated based on whether they improve or not.

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