New Federal College Scorecard Focuses on Cost-Benefit

President Obama has announced the launch of a new College Scorecard, meant to help students and parents identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck. Designed with input from those who will use it most, the Scorecard offers reliable data on factors important to prospective students, such as how much graduates earn, and Read more about New Federal College Scorecard Focuses on Cost-Benefit[…]

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The student experience: How competency-based education providers serve students

Rachel B. Baker at AEI Education has a new report out about Competency Based Education (CBE) programs at the college level. Following is a portion from the introduction to the executive summary: The basic idea underlying CBE is simple: programs award credit based on demonstrated student competencies rather than on the amount of time a Read more about The student experience: How competency-based education providers serve students[…]

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Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

George Washington University, a private university with just over 10,000 undergraduate students, has recently announced that they will become a test (SAT/ACT) optional college for admissions. Other colleges have been test-optional for decades, but not many with the high profile or number of students like George Washington. Other test-optional colleges have relied their ability to Read more about Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?[…]

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K-12/Higher Ed Alignment

More and more states, communities, school districts, colleges and universities are focused on helping students get to and through college. Increasingly we understand that to have the strongest impact, K-12 and higher education must work together. Greater alignment and shared ownership of college readiness and success can lead to more students ready for and succeeding Read more about K-12/Higher Ed Alignment[…]

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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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OECD Report on Youth Unemployment

About 39 million people ages 16 to 29 across the globe were not employed and were not participating in any kind of education or training in 2013. That’s 5 million more than before the economic crisis of 2008, a new OECD report stresses, and 2014 predictions don’t look much better. In many cases, these young Read more about OECD Report on Youth Unemployment[…]

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A new model for college rankings

Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed has written an interesting piece about a new Brookings Institution model for college evaluation. The new model attempts to rank colleges in a “value-added” fashion that determines how much the college helped a given student improve toward career success. Many currently existing college rankings focus on elite colleges and Read more about A new model for college rankings[…]

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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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Employer Perspectives on Competency-based Education

Competency-based education (CBE) programs are growing in popularity as an alternative path to a postsecondary degree. Freed from the seat-time constraints of traditional higher education programs, CBE students can progress at their own pace and complete their postsecondary education having gained relevant and demonstrable skills. The CBE model has proven particularly attractive for nontraditional students Read more about Employer Perspectives on Competency-based Education[…]

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Colleges Not Ready for College-Ready Standards?

We have heard much in recent years about college readiness and the role that standards, particularly the Common Core, have to play preparing students for life after high school. But we have heard much less about how institutions of higher education are thinking about the changes of the Common Core, and how much they will Read more about Colleges Not Ready for College-Ready Standards?[…]

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The University of Everywhere

Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, has a new book out this month called The End of College. This book was recently featured in the Washington Post. Carey casts a sweeping, if perhaps idealistic, vision of higher education in the future. First and foremost, it is one that is Read more about The University of Everywhere[…]

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Higher Education Issues: 15 for ’15

Forbes Education recently released their list of 15 key higher education issues for 2015. Many of these will be prominent this year as the Obama Administration nears the end of its eight year run. You can expect this blog to discuss these issues over the coming year: The arrival of a new year brings with Read more about Higher Education Issues: 15 for ’15[…]

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Reimagining College in 2015

Stuart Butler of the Brookings Institutions has some bold predictions for changes to higher education in coming years. He bases his predictions on signs that have become more evident in recent years, but as of yet have not significantly disturbed the four-year college education establishment. His 4 key predictions are: Tuition will begin to fall Read more about Reimagining College in 2015[…]

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NCES Releases “The Condition of Education 2014”

The  National Center for Education Statistics has released The Condition of Education 2014. The 42 indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2014 provide a progress report on education in America and include findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education. Report findings include: •     As Read more about NCES Releases “The Condition of Education 2014”[…]

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Fact Checker: For-Profit Higher Education

One area in which the federal Education Department has taken a recent interest is the plight of those students who, fresh from a for-profit higher education program, struggle to find well-paying jobs while drowning in high levels of student debt. Research shows that these students tend to be poorer, more female and often are single Read more about Fact Checker: For-Profit Higher Education[…]

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The Role of Congress in Teacher Preparation

A recent Congressional hearing has weighed how Congress should improve teacher preparation, and while the improvements may be necessary, they certainly won’t come easily. One of the big questions facing lawmakers: Should the federal government call for colleges of education to track their graduates into the classroom? And, if so, what exactly should that look Read more about The Role of Congress in Teacher Preparation[…]

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