Presidents / chancellors

White House pivots to accountability and outcomes, and away from debt-free, in major Duncan speech

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In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return on investment. 

California's reinvestment in student aid could hint toward move for free two-year college

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California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility.

The for-profit industry is struggling, but has not reached the end of the road

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Feeling the push to survive heightened regulations, intense scrutiny and negative perceptions, the for-profit industry looks to transition to a new era.

O'Malley and Bush argue about merits of debt-free college plan

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More Democratic presidential hopefuls weigh in on debt-free college, with one, Martin O'Malley, squaring off against Jeb Bush, a Republican presidential hopeful. What will Hillary Clinton do?

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional Democrats introduce federal version

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Obama's plan lives on, with newly proposed federal legislation. But the real action is happening in states and cities, most notably with Oregon following Tennessee's lead with a statewide version.

Florida's remedial law leads to decreasing pass rates in math and English

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More students at Florida's two-year colleges are failing college-level courses in the aftermath of a new state law that allows them to skip remediation.

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.

What People Are Saying About Debt-Free

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Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.

ACT drops popular Compass placement test, acknowledging its predictive limits

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ACT decides to drop its popular Compass placement test, with a nod toward research showing that Compass funnels too many community college students into remedial courses.

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.

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