Adult education

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.

ACE doubles down on prior learning assessment

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Higher education's most powerful association throws its weight behind "disruptions" to the industry. Can the establishment help lead the revolution?

Community college learns that boosting retention comes with a cost

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A community college tries to boost its completion rate, but takes a 20 percent enrollment hit in the process.

Michigan lets community colleges issue four-year degrees, amid controversy

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Michigan is the latest state to allow community colleges to issue bachelor's degrees. But despite controversy and turf wars, actual practice remains limited, for now.

Coursera's fee-based course option

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Coursera unveils fee-based, verified courses, which could generate revenue for the company and its university partners.

New effort to collect student veterans' graduation rates

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The U.S. Veterans Administration and the National Student Clearinghouse team up to track graduation rates.

Colleges fail to track performance of student veterans, survey finds

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Colleges aren't doing a good job of tracking how current and former military service members are faring on their campuses, a new survey finds, but that may be changing.

Community college takes on for-profits in marketing campaign

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A Missouri community college goes after nearby for-profits with TV ads that name names and compare tuition rates. Will other community colleges follow suit?

Gates foundation and ACE go big on MOOC-related grants

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The American Council on Education's plan to pursue credit recommendations for Coursera's massive courses is among wave of MOOC-related grants announced by Gates Foundation.

Washington pushes protections for veterans

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Protections for veterans lead the way in Washington's higher education accountability push, as veterans' groups and college lobbyists, while sometimes at odds, look for common ground.

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