Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues ITT as Predatory Lender

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-02-27 03:57

The federal agency accused the for-profit college chain of pushing students into taking out high-cost private loans that it knew were likely to end up in default.

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Students Protest the University That Taught Them How to Be Activists

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-02-27 03:55

Loyola University Chicago’s decision to drop part of a master’s program prompted students to use the skills they’d learned in it.

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Engaging Students to Improve Environmental and Outdoor Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Wed, 2014-02-26 20:20

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a 13-agency initiative, aims to stimulate local economies, create jobs, improve quality of life, and protect health by revitalizing urban waterways and the communities around them, focusing on under-served urban communities.

Currently, the partnership has 18 locations across the nation. These locations have or will build partnerships among local, state and federal stakeholders – as well as schools. Here is just a sampling of how students are getting in on the Urban Waters action:

At Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Md., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters team assists Neval Thomas Elementary school students, parents and teachers as they paddle along the Anacostia River during the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile on October 22, 2013.

During the visit, the students had an outdoor education experience learning about canoeing, stormwater pollution and nesting bird species. The Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile spent the entire week in DC and explored the Anacostia River with approximately 500 of the area’s public school students.

To view upcoming Wilderness Inquiry opportunities and events across the country, view their website: http://www.wildernessinquiry.org/

In the New Orleans region, students and teachers have an opportunity to explore and learn about southeastern Louisiana’s coastal wetlands at the University of New Orleans Shea Penland Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF).

These K-12 grade students engage in hands-on experience in the basic estuarine processes, coastal environmental science, and coastal restoration with a focus on the values of the wetlands and the issues that face them through field trips and workshops. In addition, the students meet and learn from the professionals at Louisiana’s State and Federal agencies and local partner organizations that protect coastal wetlands. For more information on CERF, visit their website at http://pies.uno.edu/education/cerf_coastal_education_and_research_facility_louisiana.htm

Resources are also available to teachers, parents and others, including data on water quality and health aspects of the wetlands through another partner; the Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act program. View curricula and other activities, including an interactive educational and entertaining CD on Louisiana wetlands here. To learn more about how these partners and CERF engage local public schools and their students, view this YouTube video.

Along the South Platte River in Denver, Colo., the Greenway Foundation motivates young public school students to engage the outdoors through environmental education programs. The Greenway River Ranger Internship Program introduces high school students to natural resource careers through environmental education training, hands-on teaching experiences with elementary students, job-readiness workshops and outdoor learning such as water quality sampling at Denver public parks along the South Platte River and its tributaries. The program aims to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills and motivation to become stewards and informed decision makers.

The Greenway Foundation has been connecting tens of thousands of Denver youth and their families to urban waterways through school based field trips, summer camps and community events through its education arm, South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE). For more information and videos, visit their website.

Through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and the 18 local partnerships, federal agencies are engaging America’s students in order to improve environmental and outdoor education in urban communities, allowing students to reconnect to our nation’s treasured rivers and lakes.

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Indiana First to Join National Distance Education Initiative | News - Indiana Public Media (2/24/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 15:46
Indiana became the first state to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), an initiative which makes it easier for states to regulate and engage in interstate distance education. Distance education is a type of education for students not physically present in a traditional setting like a classroom.

Indiana First to Join National Distance Education Initiative | News - Indiana Public Media (2/24/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 15:46
Indiana became the first state to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), an initiative which makes it easier for states to regulate and engage in interstate distance education. Distance education is a type of education for students not physically present in a traditional setting like a classroom.

Indiana clears online learning regulatory hurdles (2/25/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 14:11
A major initiative to ease the regulatory burdens of online learning across state lines found its first ally this week as the state of Indiana joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Indiana clears online learning regulatory hurdles (2/25/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 14:11
A major initiative to ease the regulatory burdens of online learning across state lines found its first ally this week as the state of Indiana joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Dwindling Midwest High School Grads Spur College Hunt - Bloomberg (2/26/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:44
A waning number of high school graduates from the Midwest is sparking a college hunt for freshman applicants, with the decline being felt as far away as Harvard and Emory universities.

Dwindling Midwest High School Grads Spur College Hunt - Bloomberg (2/26/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:44
A waning number of high school graduates from the Midwest is sparking a college hunt for freshman applicants, with the decline being felt as far away as Harvard and Emory universities.

Webinar Series | www.adultcollegecompletion.org (2/24/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:40
WICHE's ACC Network will host a webinar March 4 focused on Wisconsin's Competency-based degree program known as the Flexible Option. For more information, or to register for the webinar, please visit www.adultcollegecompletion.org/webinars.

Webinar Series | www.adultcollegecompletion.org (2/24/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:40
WICHE's ACC Network will host a webinar March 4 focused on Wisconsin's Competency-based degree program known as the Flexible Option. For more information, or to register for the webinar, please visit www.adultcollegecompletion.org/webinars.

Dwindling Midwest high school grads spur college hunt - chicagotribune.com (2/25/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:24
"You can't create 18-year-olds in a lab," said Brian Prescott, director of policy research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colo. "Enrollment managers are facing an awful lot of pressure that they can't do much about."

Dwindling Midwest high school grads spur college hunt - chicagotribune.com (2/25/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:24
"You can't create 18-year-olds in a lab," said Brian Prescott, director of policy research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colo. "Enrollment managers are facing an awful lot of pressure that they can't do much about."

Indiana Is First to Meet National State-Authorization Requirements

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:16
Indiana is the first state to meet a set of national standards for authorizing distance learning and online colleges from other states.

Indiana Is First to Meet National State-Authorization Requirements

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:16
Indiana is the first state to meet a set of national standards for authorizing distance learning and online colleges from other states.

Governor appoints Foothill-De Anza chancellor to higher-education body (2/26/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:13
“I have long admired the work of WICHE, particularly in the areas of higher-education policy and research as well as educational technology,” Thor said. “I am proud to be asked by the governor to represent California on a commission focused on student access and success.”

Governor appoints Foothill-De Anza chancellor to higher-education body (2/26/14)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:13
“I have long admired the work of WICHE, particularly in the areas of higher-education policy and research as well as educational technology,” Thor said. “I am proud to be asked by the governor to represent California on a commission focused on student access and success.”

AAUP Leaders Face Backlash Over Unionization Emphasis

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-02-26 03:59

A slate led by two former presidents is seeking to oust the association's current leaders, whom the challengers accuse of neglecting the group's historic mission.

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Minority Male Students Face Challenge to Achieve at Community Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-02-26 03:58

They enter with higher aspirations than their white peers but are less likely to graduate in three years.

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Report Highlights Risks of Student-Aid Fraud in Distance Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-02-26 03:57

The Education Department’s Office of Inspector General calls for more safeguards and more emphasis on assuring compliance with existing requirements.

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