Policy Issues


Pearson Playbook Lays out CBE Workstreams

Pearson Education has published a freely available online "playbook" that provides an overview of the "many moving parts and dependencies" that make up CBE program development.

ED's Top Tech Director Steps Down

Where do you go after you leave a high-profile position in the Obama administration? Back home. That's where United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan headed at the end of the year when he returned to Chicago. And now, so is Richard Culatta, who is stepping down as director of the Office of Educational Technology within the same federal agency.

ED Runs 'Second Chance' Pell Pilot for Prisoners

The United States Department of Education is pushing a new pilot off the ground to test the effectiveness of allowing colleges and universities to receive Pell grants for educating students incarcerated in state or federal prisons — some of it possibly delivered online.

Association of American Colleges and Universities Selects New President

The Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has selected Lynn Pasquerella as the organization's newest president. AAC&U's 4th president, Pasquerella will take office July 1.

California Funds Pilot Allowing CCs To Issue Bachelor's Degrees

A move in California to allow community colleges to issue bachelor's degrees in fields not currently served by the California State University or University of California systems has received a new boost.

Associates Degree or Cert in CTE Leads to Higher Earnings

People in California who earn a career technical education (CTE) degree or certificate from a community college earn more money — an average increase in income of 33 percent or 13 to 22 percent overall, respectively. Those are two findings from a research project undertaken by the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.

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.

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