The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite

Most colleges can’t keep their doors open without an accreditor’s seal of approval, which is needed to get students access to federal loans and grants. But accreditors hardly ever kick out the worst-performing colleges and lack uniform standards for assessing graduation rates and loan defaults, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those problems are blamed Read more about The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite[…]

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Are Higher Ed Students getting “The Big 6”?

Just 3% of all college graduates in a recent Gallup-Purdue University study say they had all six of the experiences — “The Big 6” — that have been shown to prepare students well for life and increase chances of on-time graduation. Together, and individually, the Gallup-Purdue Index finds these six experiences have a stronger relationship Read more about Are Higher Ed Students getting “The Big 6”?[…]

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Tuning the Rigor of College Programs

Recently, the Lumina Foundation released its “Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).” The DQP is a learning-centered framework for what college graduates should know and be able to do to earn the associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. The DQP seeks to define quality learning and better signify the value that postsecondary credentials represent, and after nearly four Read more about Tuning the Rigor of College Programs[…]

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How a Bachelor’s Degree could Cost $10,000

This blog typically covers topics related to helping students finish their K-12 education successfully, but what about after that?  Can American students, once they are college-ready, afford that college tuition? Anya Kamenetz of Third Way offers 6 straightforward ideas for how the cost of a bachelor’s degree could be $10,000. That is the cost for Read more about How a Bachelor’s Degree could Cost $10,000[…]

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Education at a Glance 2012

At 69 percent, the United States ranks twenty-eighth in the percentage of four-year-olds in early childhood education, according to Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators, released earlier this month by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report also finds that the odds of a young person in the United States continuing Read more about Education at a Glance 2012[…]

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