Adult education

Harkin releases critical report on for-profits

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Sen. Tom Harkin releases critical final report on for-profit higher ed after two-year investigation. While voluminous and often scathing, the report probably won't lead to major legislation, for now.

Wisconsin seeks competency-based degree program without help of Western Governors

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Wisconsin is developing degree programs based on skills demonstrated, not courses completed. And it's doing so on its own instead of partnering with Western Governors University.

For-profits take brunt of new Cal Grant cuts

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California's new financial aid cuts are aimed squarely at career colleges, another sign that the battle over for-profit regulation may be moving to the states.

Budget cuts will drive federal policy on for-profits, Gunderson says

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Budget woes will trump ideology in for-profit policy debate, says industry trade group's chief, who calls for members to reduce reliance on federal revenue.

Barriers to competency-based education may be lifting, panel says

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Competency-based education is all the rage, except that no college has yet to go all-in. Panel discusses why, with Education Department official promising that feds won't stand in the way.

New GED angles to be substitute for popular college placement test

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The new GED will assess college readiness, and in the process the testing service hopes to bump ACCUPLACER, a popular test for remedial needs.

U.S. appeals court issues mixed decision on for-profit challenge to rules

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Federal appeals court weighs in on for-profit group's challenge to tightened Education Department rules, siding partially with industry on marketing-related regulation but upholding most of lower court decision.

Taking stock of the completion agenda's benefits, and limits

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Community college leaders say "completion agenda" has been good for the sector, even when painful, but they worry that the focus could have unintended consequences if it becomes a fixation.

 

California community colleges cut back on course repeating

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Amid a financial crisis, California's community college system proposes an end to students repeating courses they've already passed, particularly physical education and arts courses.

UMUC faculty were unhappy with president before she was placed on leave

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At U. of Maryland University College, often held up as a model institution, faculty expressed concerns about president's leadership long before she was placed on leave last week.

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