Chief executives / executive directors

Obama administration leans on state agencies to tighten up oversight of for-profits

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The Obama administration prods state regulators to tighten their oversight of for-profits, with a focus on job placement rates. But confusion about calculating those rates reigns, and many state agencies are understaffed and outgunned.

The U of Phoenix looks to rise again with new advertising campaign

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The beleaguered U of Phoenix fires back with new advertising campaign that challenges criticism of the for-profit institution.

Survey finds increased use of learning outcomes measures, but decline in standardized tests

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Measures of student learning, beyond grades, are on the rise, according to results of a new survey. But colleges are less likely to use standardized tests for learning outcomes.

Apollo's new owners to seek fresh start for beleaguered company

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U of Phoenix's new owners could be looking to make major changes as the for-profit eyes transition to being a privately held company.

Furor at Mount St. Mary's over president's alleged plan to cull students

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President's plan to weed out some students soon after they arrive -- and his alleged metaphor for the plan -- set off furor at Mount St. Mary's U.

White House plan to restore year-round Pell Grants and create a new bonus

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The Obama administration wants to bring back year-round Pell Grants and create a $300 bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per semester.

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. 

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