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APLU In The News: 2014

December 19, 2014
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
In a report due out on Friday, the Obama administration will offer its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it plans to group schools into just three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between.
December 19, 2014
By Michael Stratford
After nearly a year and a half of public debate over its proposed college ratings, the Obama administration on Friday provided the first glimpse into how it will structure such a system, including the criteria it will use to judge colleges.
December 19, 2014
By Allie Bidwell
Nearly a year and a half after President Barack Obama tasked his administration with developing a system to rate colleges based on access, affordability and quality, a draft of the proposal was unveiled Friday morning.
December 19, 2014
By Douglas Belkin
The Obama administration spelled out an ambitious college-rating plan on Friday that introduces new metrics to judge the nation’s roughly 5,000 colleges and universities at a time when student debt is hamstringing the U.S. economy and the efficiency of the higher-education sector is in question.
December 19, 2014
By Allie Grasgreen
In the weeks and months leading up to the first major release of the controversial college ratings plan, Education Department officials have described the content as a “draft,” an “outline” and a “wire frame.” They weren’t exaggerating.
December 18, 2014
By Rob Scott
Drones have proven to be a useful research tool for colleges and universities. But Federal Aviation Administration regulations have made it difficult for schools to use them. An interesting, and perhaps unexpected, player has emerged in the debate over how small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—more commonly known as drones—ought to be regulated: higher education.
December 18, 2014
By Stephanie Simon and Allie Grasgreen
The Obama administration will soon publish its plan to rate more than 6,000 colleges nationwide based on the value they provide to students and to society. The goal is to steer billions in federal financial aid toward the colleges that rate highly — and to yank funds from those that fail to meet administration standards on yardsticks such as the graduation rate, the cost of tuition or the percentage of low-income students on campus.
December 5, 2014
By Tracy Jan
President Obama unveiled a plan Thursday to rein in exploding college costs, drawing skepticism from some New England college presidents concerned about tying federal funding to a new performance rating system. Under Obama’s plan, the federal government would develop a report card by 2015 for all public and private colleges that would measure tuition increases, graduation rates, student debt, and even graduates’ earnings to help students pick schools that offer the best value.
December 4, 2014
By Michael Stratford
The Obama administration is once again gathering hundreds of college presidents here today for a second White House-run summit that will promote new commitments to help low-income students. Administration officials said they had won some 500 promises from college leaders, states, higher education associations, nonprofit organizations and other entities.
December 4, 2014
By Nick Anderson
Higher-education leaders from across the country are pledging to take steps to widen college opportunity and help more students finish degrees, an initiative President Obama will promote at a gathering in Washington on Thursday. The event will build on a summit Obama hosted in January at which he gathered similar commitments for college access from more than 100 colleges and 40 related organizations.