Education Department

Obama calls for more attention to price, value, accreditation in State of the Union

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In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."

Carnegie Foundation considers a redesign for the credit hour

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The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.

Examining who could shape higher education policy in Obama's second term

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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.

Education Department raises hackles over clock hour definition

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The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

Education Department Admits Flawed Data in Gainful Employment Analysis

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The Department of Education admits failing to include black students in its calculation of loan repayment rates in run-up to gainful employment. The mistake will fuel for-profit claims of unfair treatment by feds.

For-profits say Obama administration data error undermines borrower defense and gainful employment

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For-profit-college advocates cite Obama administration data goof on loan repayment rates as justification for revisiting borrower-defense and gainful-employment rules.

Researchers download federal data amid concerns over future access

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Some education researchers have begun downloading federal data amid questions about the new administration's commitment to continuing transparency efforts.

Committee to vote on DeVos as critics question her readiness for job

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The Senate education committee is set to vote today on the nomination of Betsy DeVos in an unusually contentious confirmation process for an education secretary.

Consumer protection bureau, two states sue student loan servicer Navient

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two states sue Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, for allegedly creating obstacles to repayment.

Wage data's value in higher education are limited by geography and selectivity, study finds

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New study dumps cold water on the value of wage data to prospective students who are place bound and headed to less-selective colleges.

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