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LinkedIn continues move into higher education with purchase of lynda.com for $1.5 billion

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LinkedIn buys lynda.com for $1.5 billion, adding online courses to the job networking site's growing portfolio of higher education-related tools.

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

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Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.

Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research

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An updated study of massive open online courses from Harvard U. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds diverse learner populations and interests -- and the need for more research.

Austin Community College's promising experiment with personalized remedial mathematics

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Austin Community College builds the world's largest learning lab in a former mall, using it for a personalized form of remedial math that is getting good results.

University that went bankrupt amid tighter federal scrutiny looks to collect money from former students

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Mid-Continent University's closure last year left a messy situation for students -- and it was precipitated by financial sanctions the U.S. Department of Education uses to rein in colleges.

Proposal to rename Technical College System of Georgia draws opposition

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Georgia wants to force its technical colleges to use "career" in their names. Some educators say that would hurt their quality and confuse them with for-profits.

Gates Foundation announces four priority policy areas on college completion, with data system to come

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After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.

Proactive college closures, like Sweet Briar's, may be good for investors

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Troubled colleges closing proactively rather than running themselves off a cliff may be a good development for investors in public debt, a top ratings agency says.

Tulsa Community College's free-tuition program has paid off while inspiring others

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Tulsa Community College started offering free tuition eight years ago, helping to inspire Tennessee's program and, by extension, President Obama, while also boosting its degree production rates. 

Accelerated associate degree track at CUNY pays off and earns fans

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CUNY's accelerated degree program for community college students doubles graduation rates and is cost-effective, a study finds. And the model may be exported to three Ohio colleges.

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