Policy Issues

Teacher Prep Gets $34.7 Million in Gates Funding

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed grants of $34.7 million over three years to help set up five teacher preparation transformation centers around the country that will bring together people from universities, teacher-preparation providers and K-12 school systems to share data, knowledge and best practices.

Pathways Project Helps CCs Build Guided Academic, Career Pathways

A mix of community colleges in 17 states are participating in a new national project to help them create academic and career pathways at a scale to meet the needs of all of their students.

Florida Universities Take System Approach in Addressing Growth of Online

The plan was first begun a year ago when the board created a task force to examine how the state could better meet workforce needs through online education and increase effectiveness while reducing costs.

A Third of All Americans Have Dealt With Student Debt

More than one-third of Americans are paying or have paid student loans and a sizable number of them are delaying other major purchases because of it.

U Notre Dame Researchers Get Big Grant To Study Impact of School Vouchers and More

A three-year, million-dollar research project in Indiana will examine the impact of that state's decision to fund public, private and charter educational options for its K-12 students

Arne Duncan Resigning as Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan will be stepping down in December, according to reports. The Secretary of Education told staff that he would be returning to Chicago, but he was unsure what he would do next.

Publics Could Take a Fundraising Lesson from Privates

A new report from Cambridge Associates advises public institutions to consolidate fundraising for efficiency.

Collaborative Aims To Plot Pathways for Women of Color in STEM

A consortium of 10 colleges and universities and nine non-profits is taking on the challenge of getting more women and girls of color involved in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

ED Names First OER Advisor

The United States Department of Education has hired its first "open education" advisor.

Report: Internships Don't Rate Much Attention

Even as some institutions struggle to justify the value of the education they're delivering to their students, internships, which provide work experience, get short shrift.