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Higher Education Community Invited to Provide Feedback on Student College and Career Readiness Standards

The state-led Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is seeking input from higher education faculty and administrators on new assessments designed to measure student preparation in English language arts and mathematics for postsecondary education and the job market. The feedback, requested as part of an Oct. 6-17 Online Panel for Achievement Level Setting this fall, will help ensure the assessments are sufficiently rigorous and accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. … Continue reading

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Friday Fact in Brief: Toward a More Accurate Graduation Rate

You may have seen The Washington Post piece this week on how some colleges and universities are participating in the Student Achievement Measure, a collaborative effort by the higher education community to track student attendance across institutions. SAM is designed to offer a more accurate graduation rate than what the federal government currently reports—it includes … Continue reading

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Friday Fact in Brief: Show Me the (Reallocated) Money

From a new survey of college chief financial officers by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, which will be formally unveiled at the National Association of College and University Business Officers‘ annual meeting this weekend in Seattle. The long and short of it, according to IHE reporter Ry Rivard: “Many campus chief financial officers lack confidence … Continue reading

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Friday Fact in Brief: How Many Stay, Go or Transfer?

This week the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center put out a Snapshot Report on persistence and retention, which shows what’s happening to first-time college students after their first year. While persistence (students who return to the same college for their second year) has dropped a bit, retention (students who return anywhere for their second year) … Continue reading

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College Athletics Once Again in Congressional Spotlight

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation yesterday held a hearing on “Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes,” focusing largely on the testimony of NCAA President Mark Emmert. Emmert emphasized potential reforms the NCAA could pursue in response to pointed questions from the committee, including guaranteed four-year scholarships, scholarships that cover … Continue reading

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Goes to President for Signature

Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to President Obama’s desk following overwhelming bipartisan support from both chambers of Congress. The House voted 415 to 6 Wednesday to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), following the Senate’s 95-3 vote last month. The … Continue reading