June 2014 Archives

Congressional Republicans introduced three bills this week in their opening bid to overhaul the Higher Education Act, including a proposal to simplify the student-loan application.

A "breakfast club," a "posse" program, and a universal college savings account were among the programs highlighted this week at a Washington forum aimed at smoothing the way to college for young black men.

A new report out from the Brookings Institution finds that only 7 percent of young-adult households are carrying student-loan debts of more than $50,000.

David Conley suggests students and colleges would be better served with a broader picture of their college- and career- readiness, including a scores reflecting their study skills, persistence, and technology proficiency.

The Amherst, Mass., college decided not to accept standardized test scores after determining they were not good indicators of student success.

A new documentary chronicles the race for prestige that has turned colleges into businesses that critics say are more focused on enrollment than student success.

A new report from the Education Trust calls for more accountability for colleges that graduate less than 15 percent of students in six years and have a large share of students who are unable to repay their loans after leaving school.

AT&T and Udacity partner to offer online degrees with job-focused credentials in six to 12 months.

A new book coauthored by a variety of experts outlines strategies to diversity the nation's college campuses.

Beginning in 2015, students graduating from Kalamazoo Public Schools will have a choice of using their Promise scholarships to attend a private or public higher education institution in the state.

The Senate fails to advance a bill to lower interest rates on existing student loans, while President Obama moves to enact regulatory changes to lower payments for college borrowers.

A collection of six Commentaries examines efforts to increase student access and success to college and career.

Nearly 200 college presidents and higher education leaders have formed a coalition to support the common-core standards, which have increasingly come under fire.

The non-profit College Tribe in Washington, D.C. shifted its focus from high school to 3-8th graders in hopes of building basic academic skills and aspirations early enough to impact college success.

The Obama administration is expected to announce an expansion of the Pay As You Earn program to provide student-loan relief to an estimated 5 million borrowers with older loans.

Starting in the spring of 2015, ACT exam results will include new indicators on students' career readiness and ability to understand complex texts.

From statehouses to Congress, policymakers are reviewing dual enrollment funding streams and requirements to ensure broad access to programs as demand grows.

Education Week hosts a free webinar on June 4 featuring the Posse Foundation, as one example of a successful organization that uses a peer-network approach to supporting students in college.

Most Indiana school counselors spend less than 25 percent of their time on college and career guidance, according to a report commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


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