June 2012 Archives

The bill will freeze interest rates at 3.4 percent, averting a scheduled increase on July 1 to 6.8 percent.

American Institutes for Research offers free to for reviewing career-technical program performance by state.

U.S. Senate leaders have announced agreement on a plan to keep subsidized Stafford loan rates at 3.4 percent.

The U.S. Department of Education today released data that show 5 percent of career-training programs don't meet any of the three requirements of the new federal gainful-employment rule. The regulations that measure students' ability to pay back loans and make money after graduation apply to all career-training programs at public, for-profit and non-profit schools. But the only ones that aren't meeting the criteria are in the for-profit sector. The data are only a warning at this point and are intended to give schools time to make improvements. Enforcement of gainful-employment regulations begins this fall. Under the provisions, no school ...

High schools explore ways to combat the senior slump with independent study, dual credit, and internships to keep students engaged and motivated.

US Department of Treasury releases report highlighting economic value of college on same day President Obama urges Congress to keep student loan rates affordable.

Paper released by NACAC call for high school counselor to have better training to help student with college and career readiness.

US Chamber evaluates states on performance, transparency and accountability of public colleges and universities.

While the new Common Core State Standards emphasize college and career readiness, some feel "career" has not gotten the attention it needs. Today, a network of educators and policy advocates announced it will be working together with a handful of states to make sure students find opportunities through all kinds of postsecondary training. The Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education released a report last year that challenged the focus on four-year degrees and highlighted the need to create additional pathways for students in postsecondary training. The cost of college and demands of the economy will ...

National Research Council releases report urging increased government investment in higher education research efforts.

College Board brief outlines growing enrollment in public higher education at a time of tighter state funding.

Evaluation of a pilot program at CUNY to help student fast-track through developmental education shows promising results.

U.S. Department of Education releases new college cost lists on the College Affordability and Transparency Center.

Getting Latino students into and through college can be a challenge. Many are first-generation college students whose families aren't familiar with the U.S. higher education system and financial aid. There can be language barriers and a cultural reluctance to move away from family and borrow for school. And, like other historically disadvantaged minority groups in the United States, many Hispanics attend K-12 schools without adequate counseling or course rigor. (See my full story on this issue, For Many Latino Students, College Seems Out of Reach in the latest edition of Diplomas Count.) While Latinos lag behind other groups in ...

A panel of education experts recommend entrepreneurial approaches to reforming college systems for improved learning and productivity.

Summer is a chance for high school students to explore careers and build resumes for college application.

College Board cancels pilot summer SAT offered only at exclusive program at Amherst College.

Georgetown researchers release a report chronicling the growth of certificates as a higher ed. option.

Leaders from 10 higher education systems agree to new transparency model in communicating with students after a meeting with Obama administration officials today.

Colleges start to push for policies to encourage on-time and early graduation.

U.S. Department of Education announces a $8.7 million College Savings Account Research Demonstration Project to help students in GEAR UP program pay for higher education.


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