Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project to Launch as Independent Non-Profit Organization - Digital Journal (5/29/2014)

WICHE in the News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:23
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 The Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education and the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework, known as PAR, have announced plans for PAR to become an independent, 501.c.3 (not-profit) organization. The targeted launch date for PAR independence is December 9, 2014.
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Egyptian President to Appoint Key University Administrators

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:10

The move reverses a long-sought after policy that gave faculty in Egypt’s public universities the right to elect their leaders.

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Social Media Tips for Educators: Driving Success Through Smart Policies

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:00

This week, we’re bringing you our third social media tip sheet for educators.

We told you last week about how to effectively build capacity within a state or local district. And we’ve also blogged about developing innovative engagement in a specific community.

Now, we’re discussing smart policies.

Solving the problem of properly planning and creating a structure so that social media efforts — like those in traditional or mainstream media — are strategic, purposeful, measurable and in keeping with the organization’s guiding principles is challenging.

While many agencies do not have specific social media policies — typically either because all social media work is done by one person or a small team within the communications division — many departments find policies necessary as their efforts expand and include other parts of the agency. Some states have lengthy written policies, some adopt state policies and some have less formalized policies or guidelines to inform staff work. Our third tip sheet outlines three key lessons learned related to successful social media policies.

But we’re not done! We still have one more tip sheet for educators, which we will roll out next week. Stay tuned!

Dorothy Amatucci is a digital engagement strategist at the U.S. Department of Education.

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How a Class That Graduated in the Early Days of the Recession Has Fared Since

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 02:58

New federal data offer a glimpse at the employment picture for graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees in the 2007-8 academic year.

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Education Department Didn’t Set Out to Shut Down Corinthian

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 02:57

When it imposed financial restrictions in June, the department didn't expect that would lead to the company's agreement to sell or close its campuses.

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As Fight Over U. of Texas President Comes to a Head, Everyone Wonders, Why Now?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 02:55

The most that supporters of William C. Powers Jr. can hope for is to delay his departure.

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In the Turmoil at the U. of Texas at Austin, 4 Big Personalities

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 02:55

The possible dismissal of the flagship campus’s president has pitted him against the system’s chancellor, the governor, and a prominent regent.

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In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-07-08 02:55

The AAUP's budget crunchers produce analyses showing colleges to be in solid financial shape.

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In ‘July 4 Coup’ at U. of Texas, Flagship’s Chief Is Asked to Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-06 12:40

The latest bid to oust the Austin campus’s president came from the system chancellor. It drew quick rebukes as political interference.

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Corinthian to Sell 95 of Its Campuses Under Education Dept. Agreement

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-07-03 22:45

The names of the colleges to be sold—nearly all of the for-profit higher-education company’s locations—won’t be disclosed until Monday.

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Problem With Online Fafsa Makes Some Low-Income Filers Look Like Millionaires

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-07-03 12:50

At least 165,000 applicants have overlooked a decimal point, reporting their incomes as much higher and thus limiting their aid options.

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Six Months of PROGRESS

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Thu, 2014-07-03 06:46

Six months ago, the Department of Education launched a new blog, PROGRESS, to highlight innovative ideas, promising practices, and lessons learned through K-12 education reforms across the country.

Incredible work is happening throughout the U.S. in schools, districts, and states to improve teaching and learning, and, as Secretary Duncan has pointed out, the best ideas do not come from Washington, but from individuals in the field working to improve outcomes for students.

PROGRESS has focused on showcasing the exciting transformations that are taking place in classrooms and communities from the perspective of students, teachers, principals, and local leaders on the ground. It has featured states and districts that are actively preparing their students for college and careers upon graduation, ensuring that educators are receiving the kind of high-quality support and opportunities they need to be effective, and transforming systems and structures so that every student can succeed.

For example, over the past six months, PROGRESS has explored how states like Kentucky and Massachusetts are promoting college and career readiness for their students; Colorado and the District of Columbia are involving teachers in the creation of new, more rigorous curricula and empowering teacher leaders to guide change in their districts; Delaware, Tennessee, and institutions of higher education in California are building more effective teacher and leader preparation and career pathways; districts in Florida and Maryland are providing opportunities for students to explore STEM fields; Hawaii and Delaware are using data systems to support instruction;  Baltimore City is engaging its communities and parents to transform schools; and Ohio is making strides to improve its lowest-performing schools.

In the coming weeks, you’ll also be able to read about Rhode Island’s efforts to recognize and bolster the impact that support professionals are making on student achievement. You’ll also learn about Florida’s rigorous job-embedded principal preparation programs, a New York district’s effort to engage parents in their quest to raise standards in their classrooms, and much more.  Stay tuned!

We are excited and encouraged to celebrate the progress that teachers, students, schools, and school systems are making every day.  To stay updated on these efforts, sign up for email updates from PROGRESS or visit us at

PROGRESS is always looking for great examples of reform in action from the field.  If you have an idea that you would like to share with us, please email us at

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As Stricter Default Standard Looms, Community Colleges Brace for Impacts

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-07-03 02:58

With eligibility for federal student aid on the line, administrators are scrambling to reduce their default rates.

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Vendors Vie for a Piece of the Default-Management Pie

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-07-03 02:58

Helping colleges keep their student-loan default rates down has been a growth industry in recent years.

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2 Universities’ Vast Green-Energy Deal Will Also Save Millions of Dollars

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-07-03 02:55

American and George Washington Universities are teaming up to build one of the largest solar-energy arrays east of the Mississippi.

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In India, a Political Row Over a Decision to Offer U.S.-Style Degrees

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:53

Delhi University has been forced to defer some undergraduate admissions as part of a public fight over a switch to four-year degrees. 

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As Corinthian and U.S. Scramble on Deal, Some Ask Who’s Looking Out for Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-07-02 02:59

The company and the Education Department did not reach an agreement on Tuesday. Student advocates fault the department for not acting sooner.

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Lawsuits Accuse 4 Colleges of Unconstitutional Restrictions on Speech

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-07-02 02:59

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says the lawsuits mark the start of a new campaign against policies that restrict free speech.

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Rising Tuition Discounts and Flat Tuition Revenues Squeeze Colleges Even Harder

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-07-02 02:55

A new survey finds discounting at a record high, creating intractable financial problems.

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