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A focus on learning can expand access for students

In the last several years, colleges and universities across the nation have seen an influx of nontraditional students, due in part to the economic recession that began in 2008 and…

6 trends on the horizon for academic libraries

Machine learning, rethinking the library space, and managing knowledge obsolescence are just some of the changes heading toward academic and research libraries in the next five years. But what are…

For-profit colleges cast shadow over presidential race

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign spent the past week touting her new plan to make college affordable — in part by cracking down on “predatory” colleges, and forcing schools to “spend…

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. These new programs often lack breadth, generally do not do academic research, and they don’t have grassy green…

8 state models linking higher ed to careers

Eight states have released innovative best practices for other states and local areas interested in helping students land careers after postsecondary education. The Network of states’ practices are unique in…

A groundbreaking “reverse transfer” credit program

The University of Texas at Austin is leading a national initiative with other top universities and the National Student Clearinghouse to help transfer students earn associate degrees for coursework they…

Should there be a “driver’s license” for online programs?

The American Council on education has released a new paper on the importance of implementing a standardized approach to recognizing online degree programs across different states. The paper, titled “A More…

New bill would increase free access to research

Public access to federally-funded research took one move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology…

11 recommendations for the next steps in online learning

After researching dozens of online learning quality models and guidelines around the world, a team of international researchers have outlined recommendations to improve those models and propel online and open…

How a 1970s policy can boost completion rates today

Credit for Prior Learning has emerged as an effective pathway to help more learners today, with busy lifestyles, to achieve their higher education goals. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a…

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