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Outsourced employee-style counseling can work for first-generation college students

Outsourced counseling designed as an employee benefit helps low-income students succeed in college, the Dell Scholars Program finds, and colleges may be following suit.

AAC&U's moderate, strong voice on competency-based education and disruption

Amid talk of higher education's possible disruption and unbundling, the Association of American Colleges & Universities stakes out an aggressive middle ground. Are people listening?

California's reinvestment in student aid could hint toward move for free two-year college

California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility.

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional Democrats introduce federal version

Obama's plan lives on, with newly proposed federal legislation. But the real action is happening in states and cities, most notably with Oregon following Tennessee's lead with a statewide version.

Florida's remedial law leads to decreasing pass rates in math and English

More students at Florida's two-year colleges are failing college-level courses in the aftermath of a new state law that allows them to skip remediation.

What People Are Saying About Debt-Free

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Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.

ACT drops popular Compass placement test, acknowledging its predictive limits

ACT decides to drop its popular Compass placement test, with a nod toward research showing that Compass funnels too many community college students into remedial courses.

New letters from U.S. and accreditors provide framework for approval of competency-based degrees

Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.

Sinclair Community College's 15 years of completion projects pay off

Sinclair Community College boosted student completion rates by 75 percent, but to sharpen its focus, the college began cutting some of its more than 100 completion-related projects.

Federal Trade Commission charges Ashworth College with deceptive marketing

Federal Trade Commission is latest agency to pursue for-profits, announcing that online Ashworth College has settled over allegations of misrepresenting transfer credits and state licensure prerequisites to students.

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