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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.

Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly

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Prior learning assessment could be higher education's next big disruptive force, and ACE and CAEL are poised to catch that potential gold rush. But many remain skeptical about academic credit for work experience.

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