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Up Front: Winter 2013



New Report on the Potential Effects of MOOCs

A new report predicts that massive open online courses (MOOCs) may ultimately compete with community colleges and for-profit institutions for the same students. These free online courses could, however, reduce operating costs of the larger universities by maximizing resources, according to the report. To access this report, see

U.S. Department of Education Provides Strategies for Student Success

The U.S. Department of Education has compiled campus policies and practices that increase student graduation rates. Mentoring, dual-degree, and tutoring programs are included, along with examples of data collection programs and other initiatives. Read more at— Redesigned with You in Mind

ACE launched its revised website in October. Key new features include the ability to browse higher education topics, improved search functionality, daily news, updates on higher education policy, and timely notifications of upcoming events. 

Report Suggests High Tuition Rates May Not Deter Students

High tuition rates don’t deter students from attending college—as long as there are also effective financial support systems in place, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s analysis of a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report. The report, Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators, evaluates global education data around areas such as internationalization, tuition rates, and access. The report is available at

New Online Tool for Planning Student Loan Repayment

The Student Debt Repayment Assistant, an online tool from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, can help students who fall behind on educational loan payments. The tool asks a series of questions, such as whether a loan is public or private, and formulates repayment guidelines. Access the tool at


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