Online institutions

Adult students' interest in online education is flat, study finds

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Growth in adult students' interest in online education is stagnating, report finds, and colleges will have to do more to stand out online.

Gates foundation solicits remedial MOOCs

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The Gates Foundation is ponying up to learn if MOOCs could work for remedial students, a departure from the current slate of MOOCs. Developmental education experts say the idea could work, but others remain skeptical.

Saylor Foundation's Free Courses Offer Path to Credit

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Saylor Foundation's 240 free online courses now offer a pathway to college credit, thanks to new partnerships with Excelsior College and StraighterLine. But will students follow that path?

Strayer's scholarship and tuition discounting by for-profit colleges

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Strayer offers big new scholarships, with tuition savings of as much as 30 percent. Will for-profits begin discounting tuition to cope with declining enrollment and federal scrutiny?

Next Steps for Harkin and For-Profits

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Senator Harkin's two-year investigation of for-profit higher education ends, but the policy battle is far from over. What comes next?

Accreditor will require colleges to stop ignoring adult student retention

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Colleges fail to track adult student retention and graduation rates, survey finds. But one accreditor will now require those data. Will others follow suit?

Accreditor's decision shows for-profits can still take over nonprofit colleges

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Western accreditor's decision to let a for-profit company buy a struggling nonprofit college suggests path is still possible when missions align.

For-profit Ashford University loses accreditation bid

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WASC nixes Ashford University's accreditation bid, dealing blow to for-profit Bridgepoint Inc. and signaling that accreditors may take a more aggressive stance with for-profit sector.

Earning college credit for MOOCs through prior learning assessment

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Students can earn college credit by combining MOOCs and prior learning assessment -- two potential higher education "disruptions." And experts predict many students soon will.

Walmart and American Public U. chart new ground with partnership

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Walmart is paying to send employees to the American Public University System, where they earn credits for on-the-job learning. The partnership has a big upside, but makes prior learning experts nervous.

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