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GED numbers down amid time of transition for high school equivalency exams

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Fewer people earned a GED last year, following the introduction of a new version of the exam. Should the lower numbers cause concern?

Questions about whether Washington State's funding formula increases student completion

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Study says Washington State's performance funding formula has not improved completion rates at two-year colleges, but officials at the system point to data that say otherwise.

Open records and academic freedom come to a head in Kansas

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Legal fight at University of Kansas over emails from a professor who has received funding from the Koch brothers sets off a debate about undue influence and academic freedom. 

Community college experts welcome Obama's plan, with some reservations

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Obama's free tuition plan is a hit among community college leaders, but some experts worry about details and whether the money could be more targeted.

Associations weigh in on how to gauge post-college outcomes

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Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.

Promising partnership between Drexel University and three community colleges ends

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Drexel University nixes on-site bachelor's degree offerings at three local community colleges, one year after creating two of the highly touted partnerships.

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.

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