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Community college students struggle to meet low academic standards, study finds

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Community colleges expect little of their first-year students, study finds, but students fail to meet even low standards.

Public university accountability system expands ways to report student learning

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Reboot of Voluntary System of Accountability aims to give institutions more flexibility in reporting student learning -- but new options (including non-standardized one) may not have expanded enough to win many converts.

Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

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State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

Diversity plays positive and negative roles in University of Kentucky provost search

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After media scrutiny about all the white men in the University of Kentucky administration, two women and a Hispanic male are named finalists in the provost search. Can a public emphasis on diversity undermine the goal?

Competency-based education's newest form creates promise and questions

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Two new competency-based education programs up the ante for a potential disruption to higher education. How do they work?

Fossil fuel divestment movement is picking up steam and unlikely to go away

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After winning over boards of some small colleges, movement to divest endowments from fossil fuel companies gains momentum. But while pressure is likely to increase, wealthy institutions worry about financial cost.

Gates foundation helps colleges keep tabs on adaptive learning technology

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The Gates Foundation pulls together a diverse group of college leaders to dish on adaptive learning and funds new report on the emerging technology.

Vanderbilt's singular focus on raising money for aid lowers debt

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Vanderbilt has seen average student debt decline due to “singular focus” on fund raising for need-based financial aid, a potential model for other universities. Hopkins has taken similar approach.

Academics born in India see growth in presidential ranks

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Indian-born academics are seeing their numbers grow in top campus jobs, reflecting internationalization trends over the past 40 years.

Feds give nudge to competency-based education

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The U.S. Department of Education encourages colleges and accreditors to move forward on competency-based education programs that don't rely on the credit hour.

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