Beck A. Taylor

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Education Department says rating system will be consumer tool rather than comparison of colleges

The federal government will not compare colleges or pass judgment on their relative merits as part of the ratings system the U.S. Department of …

Higher Education

College Presidents Worry Their Schools Won’t Survive

Facing shrinking budgets and, in some cases, flagging enrollment, a growing number of college presidents are concerned about the future of their …

Higher Education

Alexander weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite

WASHINGTON -- The leading Republican in the Senate who is working on a rewrite of the Higher Education Act is weighing new ways to hold colleges …

Higher Education

Sweet Briar College will shut down

Sweet Briar College announced Tuesday that it is shutting down at the end of this academic year.<p>Small colleges close or merge from time to time, more …

College & University

Are colleges over-regulated?

Senators from both major parties are promoting efforts to simplify federal regulations of colleges and universities, seeking to lay the groundwork for a rewrite of the nation’s higher education law.<p>Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) likened the exercise to prudent yardwork. “If nobody weeds the garden, …

College & University

Bachelor's degrees lead to employment and more training

Doubts about the labor-market returns of bachelor’s degrees, while never serious, can be put to rest.<p>Last month’s federal jobs report showed a …

Higher Education

As policy makers push FAFSA simplification, colleges and states worry about lost data

It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for …

College & University

Pretty Soon the U.S. Might Run Out of College-Educated Workers

Maybe that college degree will pay off after all.<p>Last month, the unemployment rate of workers who hold a bachelor's degree or higher sank to 2.8 …

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts – Wired Campus - Blogs

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering …

Higher Education

The Psychology of the Sunni-Shia Divide

Why is there so much animosity between groups that seem so similar?<p>More than a decade after the Iraq war began, it still boggles our minds: Sunni and Shia—both revering the Quran, following Muhammad and praying to Allah—killing one another. It brings to mind the 3,500-plus dead from the clashes …

Supreme Court orders government not to require Wheaton College to fill out form on health insurance coverage

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a surprise ruling Thursday, barred the government from requiring Wheaton College of Illinois to fill out a …

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World Vision Reverses Decision To Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

[Updated 10:45 a.m. Thursday with additional reactions.]<p>Only two days after announcing it would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision …

World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

BREAKING NEWS (March 26): World Vision has reversed its decision after intense criticism from conservative evangelicals.<p>Read below for the exclusive …

Liberal Arts Salaries Are a Marathon, Not a Sprint

It’s no secret that recent graduates with degrees in the liberal arts are out-earned by most of their classmates. But in the long run, they catch up to at least some of their peers.<p>Humanities and social sciences students, for example, make 84% as much as professional and pre-professional students …

No, the 'College Bubble' Isn't Popping

And it's not a bubble, to begin with.<p>When newspaper editors are in the mood to run a good old-fashioned screed about the collapsing value of college, they inevitably turn to Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist who runs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Vedder likes to …

Supreme Court temporarily allows religious groups not to cover birth control

The Obama administration faced a fresh challenge to its health-care law just as many of its key provisions took effect Wednesday, after an eleventh-hour Supreme Court ruling temporarily allowed some Catholic groups not to cover birth control in their employee health plans.<p>The requirement that …