Policy Issues


20 Community Colleges Work on Unifying Credentials

A foundation dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who possess degrees, certificates and other kinds of credentials has funded a $1.8 million project to demonstrate that community colleges can adopt and use diverse credentials within their communities.

Obama To Nominate King for ED Secretary

President Obama announced his intention to nominate John B. King as secretary of education. King has been acting secretary since the departure of Arne Duncan in December.

North Carolina Central U Joins Initiative Focused on First-Year Students To Boost Academic Success

North Carolina Central University has joined the Re-Imagining the First Year of College project, an initiative that aims to improve academic success for undergraduate students by transforming the first year of higher education.

MIT Launches Multiple Initiatives To Improve Digital Learning from PreK to Continuing Ed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will significantly expand its research programs looking into online and digital education from preK through residential higher ed and lifelong learning.

President Obama Calls on Country to Deliver CS Education to All Students

President Obama said he wants to see a stronger commitment to computer science in American schools, and he's laid out a new initiative to make that a reality.

Mentoring Program Helps First-Gen Students and Retired Faculty

The University of California San Diego (UCSD) offers multiple mentoring programs — matching students with students in the same disciplines, new faculty with experienced faculty and students and staff with librarians. But it's a mentoring program that connects students with retired professors that may offer the younger participants the best preparation for a successful college career while giving the older ones the chance to continue serving their schools.

Research: Approach to Privacy Policies Needs a Makeover

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Rand and Google has come up with a set of guidelines for "properly" designing privacy notices that will help users make "informed privacy decisions."

State of Union Less Fiery, More Forward-Looking

President Barack Obama used his eighth and final State of the Union address to remind Congress and the viewing American public that he would continue his "fight" this year to implement free community college "for every responsible student." He also gave a plug for a major success of his administration: a record-setting number of high school graduations.

Income Disparity Lowers Diversity at Elite Institutions

Schools may want to examine whether race- and ethnicity-based admissions preference policies should give way to "poverty preference." If they did, the outcome could be as much or more diversity than is currently being achieved. That's the message from a new report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation that examines high-achieving, low-income student representation within "selective" institutions.''

U California Builds $250 Million System-Centered Venture Fund

The University of California has launched a new venture fund specifically to capitalize on innovation coming out of the university system.

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