Foundations

Creation of Obama's college ratings tested the Education Department

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The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions

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Michigan, Purdue and the Wisconsin System give competency-based education a try, but carefully and with targeted new programs.

Chicago joins Tennessee with tuition-free community college plan

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Momentum and criticism build for tuition-free community college plans, but even some skeptics say scholarships in Tennessee and Chicago could bring in more low-income students.

Emerging adaptive software puts faculty members in charge of course creation

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Arizona State University professor uses Smart Sparrow, an adaptive learning platform, to create an online science course with his personal vision.

Federal regulators debate how to handle direct assessment programs

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Audit critical of the Education Department's review process for alternative to the credit hour raises questions about direction of federal policy and could discourage some colleges.

New rankings system from LinkedIn based on employment outcomes of a huge sample

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LinkedIn gets into college rankings with an employment outcomes tool based on big samples and plenty of specifics about real people.

New report builds case for a set of strategies to help community college students graduate

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Research has shown community colleges how to improve graduation rates and create clearer pathways for students, but too few colleges have gone big with those strategies.

Reading Apprenticeship Program helps instructors across disciplines teach reading

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Community college instructors across disciplines can teach reading comprehension, thanks to an expanding training program that is winning believers.

Bill Haslam's free community college plan and how Tennessee is grabbing the spotlight in higher education policy

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Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, is big on accountability in higher education -- and he backs it up with state funding. He also staked his legacy to making community college tuition-free.

 

Community colleges and for-profits fare similarly in new study of employer responses

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Employers view for-profits and community colleges equally on job applications, a novel study finds, but what that means is in the eye of the beholder.

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