Provosts / Vice Presidents

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.

Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials

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Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.

Community colleges team up with employers on skills development

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Employers and community colleges team up to design new courses and alternative credentials that attempt to close the skills gap by better preparing students for jobs.

Sinclair Community College's 15 years of completion projects pay off

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Sinclair Community College boosted student completion rates by 75 percent, but to sharpen its focus, the college began cutting some of its more than 100 completion-related projects.

Federal Trade Commission charges Ashworth College with deceptive marketing

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Federal Trade Commission is latest agency to pursue for-profits, announcing that online Ashworth College has settled over allegations of misrepresenting transfer credits and state licensure prerequisites to students.

Obama administration may soon announce experimental access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students

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The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.

Illinois's College of DuPage courts controversy once again

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Suburban Chicago's College of DuPage has a long history of conflict and scandal, particularly ones involving its Board of Trustees and presidents.

Champlain College expands in online adult learner market

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Champlain College continues to expand in the adult learner market, landing a high-profile partner with the federal government. Does it provide a model for small private colleges to succeed online?

Improved economy leads to enrollment dips among two-year and for-profit colleges

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Student enrollment numbers are down at two-year colleges and four-year for-profit institutions, according to a new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report. 

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