Foundations

Stackable credential pathways can lead to short-term certificates of questionable value

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Stackable credential pathways have plenty of promise, but a new study fuels worries about poorly designed programs shunting underrepresented student groups into short-term programs of questionable value.

Papers call for more targeted use of state funding for public colleges

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State dollars for public higher education would go farther, prominent researchers argue, if more of it went to open-access colleges and need-based aid.

Charles Sykes takes higher education to task once again with a new book

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Author of the 1988 book Profscam, conservative talk radio host Charles Sykes, discusses his new book that again takes on higher education. 

Feds unveil details of experiment with alternative providers and accreditors

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Education Department announces eight winning partnerships in experiment to open federal aid to alternative providers, with a possibly influential new way of assuring academic quality.

Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials

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More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.

Author discusses new book on shifts in how foundations seek to shape public policy

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Author of new book on foundations describes how Gates has used venture philanthropy, measurable goals and a close relationship with the Obama administration to influence policy, and says Gates's approach may be shifting in promising ways.

Academically Adrift's authors on faculty project to define learning outcomes in six fields

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New book unveils faculty-led effort to chart concepts and competencies students should learn in six academic disciplines, with plan to create standardized tests. Will faculty members warm to this version of "learning outcomes"?

SUNY Buffalo boosts graduation rates with 'Finish in 4' pledge

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The State University of New York at Buffalo has made big gains on its graduation rates, thanks in part to a "Finish in 4" pledge that features real commitments by students and the university alike.

Kentucky will delay free community college scholarship

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A planned scholarship to provide students in Kentucky with free tuition for the first two years is put on ice for a year by the state's governor.

Private donors and businesses are backing free community college campaigns

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Businesses, nonprofits and communities are turning to private dollars for help in establishing free community college programs.

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