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4 steps to bolstering digital badges in higher education

“Digital badges allow students to turn competencies and achievements to marketable credentials,” said Susan Manning, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Yet, unless clearly defined management processes are put into…

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What’s next for community college accreditation?

Accreditation has been no stranger to debate this year, as alternative credentialing and other learning pathways become more widespread and call into question how higher education programs are accredited and…

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4 federal recommendations to improve accreditation

In the wake of online learning, competency-based education, and a host of other alternative pathways and programs, accreditation has been in the reformation spotlight this year. And now the government…

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For-profit to pay $95.5M in recruiting case

Federal and state authorities announced a $95.5 million settlement with the nation’s second-largest chain of for-profit colleges. The settlement with Education Management Corp. resolves a long-running federal whistleblower case in which…

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Bill encourages entrepreneurship among college students

A newly-proposed bill would create a competitive grant program supporting business incubators operated by or affiliated with universities and colleges in an effort to encourage more innovation among students. U.S. Representative…

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Why competency-based learning isn’t happening anytime soon

Earlier this month, new outlets reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with…

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Critics question federal aid for MOOCs, boot camps

A new program from the U.S. Department of Education would open up access to federal aid for partnerships between colleges and universities and nontraditional education providers such as MOOC providers…

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3 reforms for higher education accessibility

Changes to the federal student loan program to ensure better information for students, a broader definition of higher education, and more accountability for universities, can increase competition, transparency and innovation…

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Obama trying to boost free community college plan

With his plan for two years of free community college stalled in Congress, President Barack Obama is trying to put more oomph behind state and local programs that provide what…

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College affordability gets the 2016 campaign spotlight

With college tuition rising, student loan debt increasing, and more students than ever applying for financial aid, 2016 presidential candidates both Democratic and Republican are taking college affordability to the…

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