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Will New Federal Guidelines Improve Community College Graduation Rates? Grand Rapids Community College Says Yes

When it comes to the graduation rate at Grand Rapids Community College, administrators say the numbers don’t tell the full story.

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Tuition Reflects Market Realities (Opinion)

The cost of higher education isn't one size fits all.

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Changing the Economics of Education

Is there anything to be done about the rising price of higher education?

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Task Force Sets Plan To Increase College Completion

After more than a year of combing through education statistics, a team of students, professors, business leaders and college presidents across the state have a game plan to increase West Virginia's chronically low college completion rate.

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New Hampshire Stepping Up STEM Field Efforts

Students, residents, and employers of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field graduates in New Hampshire will be hearing a whole lot more about these areas of study in coming years. Representatives from the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire signed a letter of commitment last month that lays out steps to meet a big goal: increase STEM-educated graduates by 50 percent by 2020, and then double that number by 2025. Currently, the two systems graduate about 1,120 students in these areas.

MIT-Harvard Project Aims to Change the Face of Learning

At the beginning of the 21st century, MIT began a bold, pioneering experiment in bringing higher learning to the masses. Originally intended for students traveling abroad to keep up with their studies, the OpenCourseWare Project enabled anyone to access the OCW site and read course materials from more than 2,000 MIT classes. While there was no interaction with faculty and no grades or credit given for doing any of the work, it opened the door to a variety of possibilities for online learning.

People Watch

Pradeep K. Khosla has been tapped as the eighth chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. He’ll succeed Marye Anne Fox, who is resigning, on August 1. As dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s (Pa.) Carnegie Institute of Technology for the past eight years, Khosla has initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary and multi-college research centers, multidisciplinary graduate offerings, and international programs in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Seizing the Chance to Teach Change

The newest challenge to educating for civic responsibility

If young people hope to influence the direction of political and social change, they need to adopt a better strategy. The amorphous protests embodied in the recent Occupy movement and the ambivalent responses by most colleges to them were disappointing. The intermittent camp-ins and other protests failed to attract widespread support, and—as college leaders no doubt predicted—dissipated fairly quickly.

Audit Alleges Fund Mismanagement

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education revealed that an audit shows California University of Pennsylvania inappropriately used university employees to raise money for its private foundation and improperly diverted nearly $6 million to the same nonprofit.

The audit led to the firing of university President Angelo Armenti, who led the institution for nearly 20 years. Armenti says the audit findings are "baseless" and "unfounded."

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For Medical Students, Dual Degrees Gain Popularity

A lot of students aspire to be doctors or run businesses. Nico Grundmann refuses to choose.

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