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Arizona State MOOC Project Targets Prospective Students

In a partnership with massive open online courses (MOOCs) company edX, Arizona State University recently announced an initiative allowing students to complete their freshman year online at a discounted rate. Per the collaboration, edX and Arizona State will create a set of online courses that give passing freshmen an earned credit of around $600 per course. While the main goal is to help prospective students get a feel for college, the project faces challenges that many MOOCs have experienced in creating a low-cost path to college for students. One obstacle, as several observers have noted, is that the approach is. Read More.

Lawmaker Introduces Course Requirements for UNC Professors

Addressing complaints regarding the lack of credentialed professors, Senator Tom McInnis (Rep-N.C.) last month introduced a bill that would require all professors within the University of North Carolina system to teach a minimum of eight courses each school year. The bill, entitled Improve Professor Quality/UNC System, proposes professors complete a 4/4 course curriculum with four courses each semester. Per Senator McInnis, the objective is to “…generate legitimate debate about the role of professors in the classroom.” Since being introduced, the bill has unsurprisingly drawn criticism from professors throughout North Carolina. Based on concerns voiced by faculty members, parents and school. Read More. Deal to Impact Colleges

Last month, professional social network website LinkedIn announced the $1.5 billion purchase of The acquisition, which merges LinkedIn’s 350 million members with’s online training courses, could create major implications for higher education. As LinkedIn offers resources such as college rankings, employment trends and data on which job skills employers are looking for, some prospective students may pass on getting a traditional degree and opt for selective education. However, according to the American Council on Education’s Louis Soares, the deal is unlikely to threaten colleges, and LinkedIn could actually help shape the content of an institution’s curricula. For the. Read More.

Why Adult Women Prefer Women’s Colleges

After covering women’s colleges for the last two years, Huffington Post writer Diane Propsner recently explored if there was any correlation between the reasons traditional-aged college girls and women over the age of 25 select an all-girls college. Sharing student and alumna stories, Propsner discovered that non-traditional aged female college students attend women’s colleges for the exact reasons younger girls do. For instance, some women noted how women’s colleges offer a strong support system, affordability and quality education. Visit The Huffington Post for Diane’s full blog post . Also discover how Cherry Bekaert is able to assist women’s colleges at our Education industry group page.

Corinthian Colleges Quickly Shuts Down

Effective immediately, Corinthian Colleges has closed its remaining 28 for-profit schools. Announced on Sunday, the school informed its student body of the news, as well as intentions to use government agencies and other institutions for placing the 16,000 students. The announcement, which potentially marks the country’s largest shutdown of any higher institution, comes two weeks after the Education Department fined Corinthian $30 million for misrepresenting information like job replacement data and grades. In response to the news, the Education Department plans to help affected students review their options and even possibly forgive some of their loans. For the full story , please. Read More.

List of Colleges under Cash Monitoring to be Released

After secretly keeping tabs on higher institutions that had their access to federal funding restricted, the Department of Education plans to reveal the names of those colleges and universities sometime next week. Notified of the upcoming release, the colleges under scrutiny faced “cash monitoring” due to elevated concerns about the risk they posed to students and taxpayers. According to information recently released by the Department of Education, 76 colleges faced the most severe form of cash monitoring at the end of October 2014. Meanwhile, as of August 2014, 455 higher institutions faced a lower level of scrutiny from the Department. Read More.