Policy Issues


New Legislation Would Make Community College Free for Eligible Students

The soon-to-be-introduced America’s College Promise Act of 2015 aims to make two years of community college free for eligible students, and provide what proponents are calling an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree.

U North Carolina and SAS Launch a Dashboard to Monitor Teachers' Success

The University of North Carolina and business analytics firm SAS hope to boost enrollment in UNC’s Colleges of Education through improved performance tracking of teachers who graduate from the UNC system.

U Michigan Wins Grant To Train Education Researchers

The University of Michigan has won a $4 million grant to launch a predoctoral research program in education sciences.

Four States To Gain Data-Driven Workforce-Education Alignment Help

An organization that works with community colleges and industry to make sure people learn the "middle skills" they need to get good jobs will be working with four states to implement new data tools to inform decision-making for workforce policymakers.

Brandeis U Goes 'Conflict-Free' with Computer Buying

Brandeis University is the 19th institution worldwide to sign on to ensure that the computers and electronic equipment the university buys have no connection to the mining sector of conflict-ridden areas, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNESCO Report Proposes International Measures for Monitoring Ed Progress

UNESCO, the United Nations organization focused on education, science and culture, has released a proposed set of indicators to monitor education progress globally.

Report: Competency Ed Needs To Show 'Credible Evidence' To Prove Validity

While many competency-based education (CBE) programs do a decent job of documenting the competencies students need to master and the types of assessments used to measure student proficiency, that doesn't go far enough, according to a new report on the topic of assessment in CBE.

Charter Organizations Developing Their Own Teacher Education Programs

A new report from a research organization focused on disruptive innovations has examined how charter management organizations (CMOs) in K-12 have created their own teacher education and certification programs to help create the kinds of teachers they want to hire for their schools. Their reasoning: "Teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully."

CU Boulder Adopts Open Access

The University of Colorado Boulder has gone public with its recent adoption of an open access policy.

Virginia Pilots Statewide Open Textbook Initiative for Community Colleges

Virginia Community Colleges is piloting a new program to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) in designated programs.

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