September 2010 Archives

Debate Over For-Profit Colleges Turns Partisan

The debate over the flow of federal dollars to for-profit colleges took on a partisan tone in a Senate hearing today.


College Motivation with Early Commitment Programs

Virginia is joining a handful of states trying an innovative approach to boost completion rates by supporting students before they set foot on a college campus and encouraging their savings toward higher education.


Gates Gives $12M to Four Cities to Boost College Completion

Four U.S. cities are getting $3 million each in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve college graduation rates.


Ed. Dept. Delays Some 'Gainful Employment' Rules

The U.S. Department of Education plans to delay some of its proposed regulations intended to hold for-profit colleges accountable for preparing students for gainful employment.


Legacy Preferences: Giving an Unfair Leg Up to the Wealthy?

Are legacy preferences for college admissions un-American, or is the concern overblown? Academics, policy experts, and attorneys weigh in.


Minimal Progress Reported in College Completion Rates

The president is calling for it. The economy is demanding it. Yet, the percentage of Americans earning college degrees is not climbing as quickly as many hoped.


Should Dual-Enrollment Programs Require Courses on the College Campus?

Some administrators are questioning whether students are getting the true college experience through dual-enrollment programs if those programs don't require classes on campus.


Analysis of For-Profit College Rule Suggests Small Impact

While for-profit colleges are concerned about the impact of proposed federal gainful employment regulations, a report released today by an independent non-profit suggests that few programs would actually be cut off from federal financial aid. Just 4 percent of programs would be deemed ineligible for federal student aid funds if the current gainful employment rules were enacted, according to the report, "Are you Gainfully Employed? Setting Standards for For-Profit Degrees," by Ben Miller, a policy analyst for Education Sector, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. Under the U.S. Department of Education proposal, a program is ineligible if ...


Community Colleges to Headline White House Summit

Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, will be convening the first White House summit on community colleges next month.


Women Outpace Men in Ph.D.'s for First Time

Women have long earned the majority of master's degrees in the United States; now, they also lead men in new doctoral degrees.


Rigorous Classes Help on SAT, But Writing Needs Work

The tougher the classes you take in high school, the better you are likely to do on the SAT. Findings released today by the College Board showed that students in the class of 2010 who took a core curriculum—defined as four or more years of English, three or more years of math, three or more years of natural science, and three or more years of social science and history—scored, on average, 151 points higher on the SAT than those who did not. "Students who take rigorous courses perform better on the SAT and perform better in college ...


Granting Students a Clean Slate by Forgiving Bad GPAs

Some colleges are offering academic forgiveness programs that allow returning students to start over and reset their grade point averages.


Policy Fixes to Dropout Crisis and Alternative Education

Jobs for the Future takes a look at current state policies on high school graduation and offers some proposals for improvement.


Getting Parents and Kids to Be Savvy About Paying for College

What most families are thinking about these days when it comes to choosing a college is money


Community Colleges Worry About Being Swept Into Proposed Gainful-Employment Regulations

The proposed gainful-employments rules aimed at reigning in for-profit colleges may also affect other sectors of higher education, namely community colleges. "Unfortunately, there is a high probability that community colleges will be swept along with the for-profits into a category that will subject the institutions to greater regulation and reporting requirements," writes George Boggs, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges in a Sept. 2 update to board members. AACC has joined with other higher education groups to submit letters of concern to the Department of Education's proposed gainful-employment rules designed to crack down on ...


New Assessment Tools Could Bridge High School-College Gap

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said a new generation of assessments being developed for K-12 students will more accurately reflect higher-level thinking, give timely feedback to teachers, and better prepare students for college. Speaking at Achieve's Annual American Diploma Project Network Leadership Team Meeting in Alexandria, Va., Duncan spoke about the hope for improved testing that will result from the $330 million awarded earlier today to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as part of the Race to the Top competition. While not ushering in "education...


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