A school just for undocumented immigrants

With help from professors in California, undocumented immigrants are closer to accessing an affordable college education, the Huffington Post reports. University of California, Los Angeles professors formed a collective they call “National Dream University,” which aims to allow American Dream Act-eligible students to enroll in online courses at $65 per credit, according to LA Weekly. The effort was organized by the UCLA Center for Labor Research and the National Labor College. National Dream University would allow Dreamers — those undocumented students who can pay in-state tuition and qualify for federal financial aid — to take as many as six courses in 2013.  At the start of their lessons, approximately 30-35 students will travel to Maryland’s National Labor College, the AP reported. Then coursework is completed primarily online with a trip to UCLA at the semester’s end. According to the AP, the year’s coursework will cost $2,490. Applications are due Oct. 5…

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Penn State faces federal penalties as Education Dept. probes Sandusky case

Penn State could face fines of up to $27,500 per incident.

In 2002, when a Penn State University football standout was accused of a dorm-room rape, the details were easy to come by.

After all, the alleged assault became a national news story when coach Joe Paterno allowed the accused cornerback to suit up for a postseason game despite the pending criminal charges.

The only place the curious couldn’t find notice of the case was Penn State’s federally mandated campus crime report.

It was never listed, even though that was required by federal law (the player was ultimately acquitted). In fact, the university reported no sexual assaults involving students on or off campus that year.

“It was an obvious error and could not be correct,” said S. Daniel Carter, then a senior vice president for the Clery Center for Security on Campus. “I personally knew of other incidents that had been reported in 2002.”

The incident is just one example of what former FBI Director Louis Freeh described in a report issued last month as the university’s consistent and at times systematic failure to follow the Clery Act, a federal law requiring universities to provide accurate reports of crime on their campuses.

If true, those shortcomings are likely to loom large in the U.S. Department of Education’s probe into Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case—an investigation that some campus security experts have described as the Education Department’s largest Clery investigation to date.

In November, the department requested a host of documents from Penn State, including logs of all crime reported to any campus security authorities from 1998 to 2011.

Should Penn State be found in violation, it could face fines of up to $27,500 per incident as well as a possible loss of federal aid including grants, loans and work-study payments.

A department spokeswoman refused to discuss the current status of the investigation.

But Carter, the campus safety advocate who now works for a Virginia-based family outreach center, suspects that Penn State’s eventual fines could exceed the largest Clery penalty ever assessed—the $350,000 paid by Eastern Michigan University after administrators there intentionally mischaracterized the 2006 murder of a student in her dorm room as a death by natural causes.


Georgetown Standardizes Its Enterprise-Wide Non-Traditional Student and Program Management Platform

Georgetown University is partnering with Destiny Solutions to implement Destiny One as the University’s enterprise-wide platform for non-traditional students and programs.

The new software platform will enable each college within Georgetown to provide their students a uniquely branded rich online experience by leveraging Destiny One’s multi-tenant capabilities. As a result, Georgetown will be able to reach its market potential, increase organizational agility and operational integrity through an integrated and enabling software layer on top of Georgetown’s legacy computing environment, including Ellucian Banner, NetID and Blackboard.

“Georgetown recognized that the non-traditional education market has become highly competitive,” said Lisa Davis, Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University. “We required software that would empower each of our colleges with unique system capabilities on top of our legacy infrastructure in order to better compete for and serve our non-traditional students, while enabling each of our colleges to grow and manage their programs.”

Destiny One will further equip each of Georgetown’s colleges with the tools needed to manage all facets of the lifelong learner relationship, including student engagement, admissions, strategic enrollment and progression persistency.

“With Destiny One, Georgetown’s colleges will be able to more effectively reach their market potential and increase organizational agility as they compete for students seeking their leading professional development programs,” said Shaul Kuper, President and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “At the same time, Georgetown will have a common platform for process governance, enterprise-wide visibility and integration with its campus systems.”

For more information on Destiny One, please visit: http://www.destinysolutions.com/product/destinyone-overview/

About Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions is the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions. Since 2001, Destiny Solutions has delivered breakthrough technology designed exclusively to meet the divergent needs of non-traditional higher education. Our flagship product, Destiny One™, is the only business solution that offers integrated constituent, enrollment and administrative management on a single software platform so educators can grow revenue, enhance student experience and success, and improve operational efficiency.

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About Georgetown

Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service.
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Most Calif. for-profit colleges lose state grants

California’s move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The commission released a list of colleges that are no longer eligible to receive Cal Grants under tougher standards passed by the Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in June. The rules were adopted to save an estimated $55 million and address the state’s budget deficit. California’s public universities and most nonprofit, private colleges met the new standards for graduation rates and student loan defaults. Of the 170 for-profit schools that participate in the state financial aid program, 137 could not meet them. They include the University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan College, Heald College and others.

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College admissions season begins with launch of 2012-13 Common Application

Rising high school seniors who want to get a jump on their college applications should know that the Common Application used by more than 450 colleges and universities has just gone live for the 2012-13 admissions season, the Washington Post reports. That means students can start to officially fill out their applications, getting the tedious work of filling out names and dates and other details done so they can work on their essays. For the record, the Common App was launched on Tuesday night, four hours ahead of schedule, and within 30 minutes, 300 individuals had registered an account, the Web site reported. “The first registration came from Plano, TX, less than one minute after the site went live,” it said. The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that provides an admission application — online and in print — that students may submit to any of the member schools that accept it. The Common Application was developed in 1975 as a way to cut down on the number of separate applications and essays a student applying to numerous colleges and universities would have to complete. As it turns out, even with the Common App, many schools ask for additional information, including extra essays…

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Community colleges tackle skills gap in land of high unemployment

Cows love alfalfa. Feeding it to them, however, involves a complicated seed-supply chain running from the farms of California’s Central Valley through a processing facility and onto trucks. In the middle are the people who manage the machines that clean the seeds, the Huffington Post reports. Finding qualified people for that highly technical job can be a challenge, said Dan Karsten, vice president of operations for S&W Seed Co. He has tried everything he could think of — from a big job fair in Fresno to ads in the local newspaper.

“You know, you go through all that effort and you meet a lot of people, but the skill set that you’re looking for is not that readily available,” Karsten said.

In the Central Valley, cursed with some of the nation’s highest unemployment rates, there are a surprising number of employers with problems like Karsten’s: jobs that are too hard to fill…

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