August 31, 2015
It’s the first day of school for colleges across western New York, including the University at Buffalo. UB is welcoming in the new year with a national recognition of a major initiative aimed to get students to graduate in four years.
August 7, 2015
The University of Texas at El Paso is one of five finalists for a national award recognizing colleges and universities that improved retention and graduation rates in innovative ways.
February 28, 2015
Cleveland State University made a proposition to its students two years ago: Take a full course load of 30 credits a year and get $200 off tuition and a $200 book stipend. Only 32 percent of its undergraduates finished a degree within six years, if at all. Hundreds of students were slipping through the cracks as the cost of college went up and up — and they took on thousands of dollars more in debt.
February 19, 2015
From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it.
February 16, 2015
The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities wants President Barack Obama's administration to instead embrace a more "practical plan for transparency and accountability reform", describing current proposals - which would see universities rated on tuition fee rates, the amount of debt students accumulate, and the amount of money they are paid post-graduation - as "complex... with numerous technical challenges and near certain inaccuracies".
February 12, 2015
The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well by critics who say the funding levels are below the fiscal 2012 pre-sequestration total and would harm efforts to improve student achievement.
January 30, 2015
A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.
January 9, 2015
Lawmakers will continue to look for ways to measure the value of a college degree. Acknowledging this, a group of three higher education associations say they want to help that conversation be more informed and comprehensive. The groups, which represent the various sectors of public higher education, on Thursday released a draft discussion guide for how to track what happens to students after college.
December 19, 2014
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
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.