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National College Application Assistance Campaign Changes Lives

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

Just applying to college can loom as a seemingly insurmountable hurdle for too many students. ACAC's goal is to lower those barriers and show first-generation and low-income students around the country that there is indeed a way.

College Presidents Fight Against Student Athletes

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 07.04.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its sc...

Higher Ed Lobbyists Put Focus On PR Damage, Not Victims, In Webinar For Colleges

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 06.04.2014 | College

WASHINGTON -- Over the objections of Senator Claire McCaskill, the American Council on Education has been keeping secret the advice it gave members ab...

Tyler Kingkade

Influential Lobbyists Jump In Front Of College Sexual Assault Reform Effort | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.13.2014 | College

An influential higher education lobbying group is interfering with efforts to collect information about how colleges handle sexual assault cases, says...

Shifting to a "Rapid Prototype" Model to Hurdle Education Attainment Barriers

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

Within the context of achieving our attainment goals, we need to think about short-circuiting the culture of individual achievement and being more willing to embrace a collective sharing mode.

A Year of Higher Education Aha Moments

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

It has been a year since I arrived at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., a 22-year veteran of the University of California a...

It's Not Your Father's GED Anymore -- and That's a Good Thing

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

You may have heard a lot about the new GED test. In fact, the new GED program unveiled this month will play a significant role in the national drive t...

Sometimes It Takes Gift Cards To Get Students To Apply To College

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 12.01.2013 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometimes, all it takes is a $7 burrito gift card to get high school seniors to submit their college applications early. "You alw...

"Designed by . . ." a Creative and Innovative Workforce

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

Affordability, value and future employment are important considerations in choosing a college or university and a major, but they are not the only important factors to keep in mind.

Congress Must Address the Innovation Deficit

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

It's important to note that prospective graduate students have been particularly hard hit by these cuts, which in many cases prevent them from pursuing the advanced degrees and attaining the skills needed by employers.

Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Cathy Sandeen

In all the recent conversations about affordability, value, completion and employment, we should not lose sight of the very thing that makes American higher education an engine of economic development and the envy of the world.

Toward a Permeable, Interconnected Higher Education System

Cathy Sandeen | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Cathy Sandeen

What's needed is not a demolition of our traditionally diverse higher education system but, rather, an ambitious renovation that knocks down some walls and opens up new doors -- building on assets that already exist.

Engineering an Expansion of the College Pipeline

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 09.17.2013 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

Only 42 percent of the U.S. population between 25 and 64 years of age hold an associate degree or higher. It is crucial to find more ways to help the millions of adults who lack a degree.

Credit for MOOCs

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

One of the hot topics regarding MOOCs and other forms of online learning (massive or small, free or otherwise) is whether or not taking such courses should count for actual high school or college credit.

Coursera, edX Announce Major Expansions

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 02.21.2013 | College

SAN FRANCISCO -- More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to high...

5 Coursera Courses Recommended For Credit

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 02.07.2013 | College

SAN FRANCISCO -- Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education. The American Co...

WATCH: A Fix For 'The Dropout Crisis'?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2013 | College

Colleges need to focus on sending their students away with degrees instead of spending so much time recruiting and boosting enrollment numbers, argues...

Look at the Whole Chessboard

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

I recognize the fiscally conservative approach I am advocating means projects will be delayed. So what? Is it better to get something done now and jeopardize the college's future or accomplish a goal over time without putting the college at risk?

Help From the Boss: The Role of Business in the Degree Completion Agenda

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

As President of Excelsior College, it should come as no surprise that I am an unabashed advocate for degree completion -- and have written as much on the subject in this space.

Affirmative Action Gets First Supreme Court Hearing Since 2003

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Responding to the Graying Presidency

Michael Benson | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Michael Benson

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education cover story detailed the "graying presidency" and the inherent challenges are facing in grooming the next generation of university chief executives.

Higher Education Groups Oppose Teacher-Training Bill

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

A slew of organizations representing colleges and universities have lined up to oppose a recently introduced federal teacher- and principal-training b...

Young Men Earn Fewer College Degrees: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A new report on minority achievement in higher education found that young men are graduating at lower rates than in previous generations. According ...

Colleges More Diverse, But Racial Gaps Persist

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

While U.S. colleges have grown more racially diverse in recent years, minority students – especially Hispanics – still lag behind on key m...

Professors Give Credit For 'Life Experience'

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

At first, James A. Nienow was skeptical of the idea. Why should instructors give students academic credit for something they had done outside a classr...