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Private donors and businesses are backing free community college campaigns

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

Public colleges may be responding to state performance funding by enrolling fewer low-income students

State performance funding formulas lead to small decline in Pell revenue per student, new study finds, suggesting public colleges may be gaming formulas by enrolling fewer low-income students.

Florida's Indian River State College sees significant improvements in remediation

A two-year college in Florida makes dramatic gains in developmental education course pass rates, even amid a state-mandated change to remedial education and the addition of performance funding.

Purdue U gets into competency-based education with new bachelor's degree

Accreditor approves Purdue's new competency-based bachelor's degree, which blends technical disciplines with the humanities and has a customizable approach designed more for a career than a first job.

Kentucky weighs free community college proposal

Kentucky lawmakers mull a scholarship bill that could add the state to those offering free community college.

New job site in Colorado brings together powerful players in experiment worth watching

The Markle Foundation, LinkedIn and the state of Colorado team up on a jobs site that seeks to create a common, skills-based language among job seekers, employers and education providers.

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

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.

Despite improved graduation rates, City Colleges of Chicago chancellor faces faculty unrest

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, who is widely heralded for leading graduation-rate improvements, faces faculty unrest over new tuition rates and program consolidations.

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

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.

Fifteen-to-Finish campaign wins fans, stokes worries

A campaign for students to take 15 credits a semester is growing. But some worry 15-credit course loads could become a requirement for financial aid, or might prod job-holding students to take on too much.

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