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  • Higher Education Act

    May 4, 2015

    ACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Alexander Accreditation Policy Paper

    Read comments from ACE and a group of 28 higher education associations and regional accreditors on Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) policy paper on accreditation.

  • College and Career Readiness

    December 17, 2014

    The Last Word: Winter 2015

    Quips and quotes on higher education.

  • Innovative Practices

    September 9, 2014

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    A Traditional, Liberal Arts, Competency-Based Education

    The president of Lipscomb University, a traditional liberal arts campus in Tennessee, details how and why his institution has embraced competency-based education.

  • Innovative Practices

    September 9, 2014

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    Competency-Based Education Is Not the “New MOOC”

    It’s a scenario that will sound very familiar to anyone who remembers the massive open online course (MOOC) exuberance of recent years: Cheered on by both policymakers and funders, an alternative way of delivering postsecondary education emerges...

  • September 9, 2014

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    A Question of Competency

    Amid the mounting pressure to produce more graduates at lower costs, interest in competency-based higher education has exploded over the last two years. With encouragement from the U.S. Department of Education and assent from accreditors, both...

  • Government Regulation

    June 6, 2014

    Newton's cradle demonstrates momentum and energy

    Federal Watch: Inertia

    ACE’s Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs, recaps higher education-related activity on Capitol Hill.

  • Government Regulation

    December 15, 2013

    President Obama

    Rating Obama's Ratings Plan

    As President Obama's plan to rate insitutions slowly wends its way toward reality, college and university presidents are bracing for impact.

  • Accreditation and Standards

    December 15, 2013

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    Exploding Myths

    Too strict. Too lax. Too transparent, and not transparent enough. Regional accreditation, long an overlooked corner of postsecondary policy, has become the Rodney Dangerfield of higher education.

  • Global Higher Education

    December 15, 2013

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    Going Global

    What can we learn from an assessment designed to measure the skills and knowledge of students all over the world? (Actually, that's a good question.)

  • Accreditation and Standards

    December 15, 2013

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    Higher Education's Higher Accountability

    Amid a recent spate of federal and state efforts to directly regulate higher education, accountability has gotten a bad reputation in academe. But colleges and universities already have a long history of effectively holding themselves to account.