Chief executives / executive directors

Education Department's inspector general's high-stakes audit of Western Governors U

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The Education Department's inspector general is auditing Western Governors U over the faculty role in its competency-based programs. The high-stakes audit is relevant to other colleges and forms of online learning.

Senators strike deal to revive expired Perkins Loan Program, with changes

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Bipartisan agreement would renew the expired loan program for two years -- but with some new eligibility restrictions that concern colleges.

U.S. Department of Education says additional Corinthian campuses misled students

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The Education Department says additional campuses at the defunct for-profit chain exaggerated job placement rates, making another 85,000 students eligible for debt relief.

New College Board report shows continued borrowing decline and slow net price increase

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The tuition hikes and high federal borrowing and default rates that hit higher education in the recession's wake continue to stabilize and diminish, according to the College Board. 

Colleges face new pressure to monitor social media site Yik Yak

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Women's organizations step up pressure on colleges and the Education Department to do something about the anonymous app Yik Yak. But even amid a series of arrests for threats posted there, can higher ed monitor and regulate what goes on off-campus networks?

UNC presidential search in chaos amid charges of politicization and secrecy

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A governing board and legislature are at odds, a finalist's name is leaked and a presidential search is criticized as too secretive. Many in North Carolina wonder: Is the university's leadership becoming too politicized?

New Paper Details Extent of BB&T Bank's Ayn Rand-Inspired Grant Program

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New paper details extent of a grant program that linked funds to courses that were required to teach Ayn Rand.

Federal watchdog seeks information from a national accreditor about for-profit colleges

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau files an investigative demand with a national accreditor that recognizes hundreds of for-profits.

Education Department will experiment with aid eligibility for boot camps and MOOCs

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Education Department will open up federal aid to a limited number of partnerships between colleges and boot camps and MOOC providers, with a secondary goal of testing new forms of accreditation.

Study finds huge increase in articles published by 'predatory' journals

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Study suggests open-access journals with questionable peer-review and marketing processes now publish hundreds of thousands of articles a year, a huge jump in only a few years.

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