Fight over San Francisco's community college heats up again

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As the clock ticks down on City College of San Francisco, powerful politicians weigh in and threaten to shut down an accrediting commission.

CEO of global for-profit on its expansion, accreditation and for-profit debate

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Laureate Education's CEO, Douglas Becker, talks about how the huge for-profit higher-ed company works across 30 countries, where it has hit snags, and what comes next.

Ideas take shape for new accreditors aimed at emerging online providers

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Two groups want to create new bodies that would review the academic quality of individual online courses or non-college providers.

New competency-based programs at Lipscomb could be model for liberal arts colleges

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Lipscomb University shows what competency-based education can look like in its blended form, both in-person and at a liberal arts college.

Lipscomb University's assessment center's high stakes approach to competency-based education

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Incoming students in competency-based programs at Lipscomb University spend a long day trying to prove their baseline skills and behavior, with 30 college credits on the line. 

Regional accreditors align their actions and the procedures they use to impose them

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In effort to ward off mounting criticism of accreditation, the seven regional agencies collaborate to align their punishments and how they impose them.

Direct assessment and the feds take on competency-based education

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Competency-based education is gaining steam, but questions remain about which forms the U.S. Department of Education will back.

U. of the People earns accreditation, challenging view that agencies stifle innovation

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An accrediting agency just approved a free, online university with a largely volunteer faculty. Is accreditation really the squelcher of experimentation it is made out to be?

UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program

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A digital badging project at UC Davis is drawing notice, but the innovation looks more like competency-based education than a form of alternative credentials.

White House science council recommends U.S., accreditors support MOOCs

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President Obama's science and technology council recommends the federal government and regional accreditors get out of the way for MOOCs.


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