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Free courses may shake universities’ monopoly on credit

Just as the Internet has made news free and music cheap, it may be about to vastly lower the cost of one of the most expensive commodities in America: college.…

For-profit teacher certification booming in Texas

Jeff Arrington in his disaster-response high school class in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Allison Smith/The Texas Tribune) DENTON, Texas — One afternoon in mid-November, Jeff Arrington scattered…

Q&A with Yujiro Hayashi: For each graduate, 20 job offers

Yujiro Hayashi, president of the Institute of National Colleges of Technology (Kosen) in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Blaine Harden) TOKYO—While on assignment in Japan recently, Blaine…

Student profile: A technical education and a bright future

Soichiro Tsunakawa, 22, is a seventh-year student at the Tokyo National College of Technology. When he graduates next spring, he has a job waiting at Sony, where he…

For-profit regulations released, reactions mixed

The Department of Education released its long-anticipated regulations for for-profit colleges Thursday. By 2015, if fewer than 35 percent of graduates of a school are repaying the principal on…

A for-profit approach to Head Start

At St. Elizabeth's Head Start in North Philadelphia, Aaron Lieberman, founder and chief executive officer of Acelero Learning Inc., spends some time with the children in Ashley Post's…

For many adults, basic-skills classes are the best hope for a brighter future

Ana, a 52 year old cafeteria cashier, completes an ESOL workbook exercise on the board at Harvard University’s Bridge Program. (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) BOSTON— Across the…

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2010 and 2011: Looking back, looking forward

Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The Hechinger Report, recently spoke with Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks about some of 2010’s most interesting education stories — as…

Even with free tuition, hurdles remain for raising number of college graduates

University of Michigan freshman and Kalamazoo Promise student Adwoa Bobo KALAMAZOO, MICH.  –  When Simon Boehme landed President Barack Obama as commencement speaker for his high…

For-profit colleges try to improve grad rates, hoping for Republican support

Fast-growing for-profit colleges, under fire for saddling students with unmanageable debt, are rolling out new policies aimed at raising graduation rates while also hoping a Republican-controlled House will block unfavorable…

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