Calling lobbyists' reaction to Obama's rating system proposal "premature and more than a little silly," Duncan says Education Department will develop metrics by which colleges will be judged.
Jamienne Studley, former Skidmore president and Education Department lawyer, is named deputy under secretary of education.
As Education Department begins new round of deliberations over "gainful employment," its draft language is both simpler and stricter.
In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.
Proposal circulating on Capitol Hill asks accreditors to create a way for new providers to gain approval more quickly.
The Education Department gears up to try again on regulations governing vocational programs, and -- building on its recent activity -- hints at broad regulatory agenda in the near future.
Mandatory budget cuts take effect at midnight tonight. While the specific effects of the cuts are still unclear, colleges warn they will be harmful.
In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."
The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.
Obama has sketched an ambitious higher education agenda for his second term, but it's unclear who at the Education Department will be in charge of implementing it.
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