Presidents / chancellors

Draft federal rules for debt forgiveness please consumer groups, anger for-profits

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Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief.

Data on student engagement with an LMS is a key to predicting retention

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Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates.

Cal State nearly doubles number of presidencies held by women

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The last five campus leaders picked at Cal State have been women, and recent hires have doubled the number of Asian-Americans who will be campus presidents.

Small private college closes, blames Education Department sanction

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St. Catharine College is closing, and the small private institution blames its demise on a version of the same Education Department sanction that toppled the for-profit Corinthian Colleges.

Controversial president leaves University of Akron

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President leaves suddenly, after outsourcing deals that didn't work, enrollment declines and presidential house renovation that struck many as over the top. Then there was the olive jar.

Academically Adrift's authors on faculty project to define learning outcomes in six fields

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New book unveils faculty-led effort to chart concepts and competencies students should learn in six academic disciplines, with plan to create standardized tests. Will faculty members warm to this version of "learning outcomes"?

Baylor University prepares to fire president over handling of assaults

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With board considering firing president amid growing allegations the university looked the other way on sexual assaults involving football players, Starr is expected to resign.

SUNY Buffalo boosts graduation rates with 'Finish in 4' pledge

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The State University of New York at Buffalo has made big gains on its graduation rates, thanks in part to a "Finish in 4" pledge that features real commitments by students and the university alike.

Sweet Briar falls short of initial enrollment target, but leaders remain optimistic

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The nearly shuttered college did not hit its May 1 goal for admissions, but leaders hope to snag more students during the summer melt period in the rebuilding effort.

Controversial accreditor ACICS tried to shut down a for-profit but was blocked by judge

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National accreditor ACICS, which faces an existential threat for being too lax with bad actors like Corinthian Colleges, tried to yank its approval of Bristol U, a deeply troubled for-profit. But a judge blocked the accreditor's move.

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