Higher Ed

What Arne Duncan did to American education and whether it will last

US President Barack Obama announces that education Secretary Arne Duncan will step down in December and John King, former State Superintendent in New York, will take his place…

Student loan default rates drop. Are income-driven repayment plans the reason?

A sharp drop in the number of college students who stop paying back their loans indicates that recent efforts to help students manage their debt are starting to pay off.…

Students walk across campus at the University of Vermont on Monday, April 30, 2012 in Burlington, Vt.

Obama’s College Scorecard: Too little, too late?

The pursuit of prestige has clouded the thinking of many leaders at four-year postsecondary institutions. When faced with tightening state budgets, far too many look to climb up the ratings…

Free community college? Not so fast

Costs are already low, reasonable and within reach

An unprecedented look at Pell Grant graduation rates from 1,149 schools

Despite a large national gap, low-income students at some schools do as well as their classmates

This Nov. 14, 2014, photo, shows Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., holding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, during an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Obama administration takes big step in simplifying financial-aid application process

Senator hopes to make financial aid form fit on a postcard

Liberal arts colleges must jettison antiquated lectures to stay relevant

Technology, active learning help keep ‘screenagers’ from zoning out


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President Barack Obama speaks at Macomb Community College, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Warren, Mich. Obama announces new steps to expand apprenticeships and a push to make community college free for responsible students.

While Washington wavers, states provide detailed college ratings

Many quietly provide consumers information that the federal government still doesn’t

New online credential program aims to turn out 10,000 new teachers in the next five years

Teacher prep site has trained 700 teachers so far, has plans to scale up quickly

Battling for education, against poverty in rural San Joaquin Valley

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland at the Merced university. Photo: Bea Ahbeck Casson/The Hechinger Report If you visit the University of California’s newest campus, opened just…