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June 19, 2015
As the idea of debt-free college swirls around the Democratic presidential campaign and some liberal policy circles, the groups that represent colleges and universities are sizing up what it might mean for them.
February 28, 2015
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
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
By Michael Stratford
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
By Chris Parr
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".
January 30, 2015
By Michael Stratford
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
Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The American Council on Education submitted a consensus letter, signed by 20 other higher education groups, that laid out provisions that garnered widespread support as well as concern.
January 9, 2015
By Paul Fain
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.
January 9, 2015
By Madeline Will
Three major higher-education groups on Thursday introduced a framework that seeks to guide public discussions of the value of a college education, at a time when many institutions are facing heightened scrutiny over their cost and how well their graduates do.
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.