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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
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 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 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.
November 4, 2014
The University of Tennessee has received national recognition for improving the retention and graduation rates of its students over the past decade. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the nation's largest coalitions of colleges, honored UT with its "Most Visible Progress" Trailblazer award during its meeting Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The school will receive a sculpture and a $20,000 prize to be used toward further improving degree completion.
October 14, 2014
By Eric Kelderman
Representatives of the University of Texas system came to town last week, touting an online data tool that shows the salaries of the universities’ graduates. It wasn’t just the associations of peer institutions that got a look. The officials also met with federal lawmakers to register their support for a "unit record" system to track individual students during college and after they graduate.