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New Delay on Borrower-Defense Rule
Inside Higher Ed
The Department of Education on Friday issued a new delay of the Obama administration’s borrower-defense rule that would block it from going into effect until the conclusion of a bureaucratic rewrite of the rule expected to conclude by 2019. 

DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students
Washington Post
The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration’s effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous.

U.S. Education Needs to Move Past Its ‘Fixation on the Bachelor’s Degree,’ Study Says
Education Week
American educators and policymakers must “move beyond our current fixation on the bachelor’s degree,” and embrace the promise of associate and certificate programs, a new paper argues, noting that many jobs with good pay don’t require bachelor’s degrees. The conclusion of the study published Friday by the American Enterprise Institute is not new.

College students want more technology, ECAR survey says
College students increasingly want more online technology in their learning environments, but many faculty members are wary of incorporating blended learning into their courses, according to the Educause Center for Analysis and Research’s (ECAR) 2017 separately published companion surveys of student and faculty trends in the use of information technology.

Controversy at George Washington U. Highlights Challenges of Diving Deeply Into Online Education
Chronicle of Higher Education
…Online-education experts say George Washington is far from alone. As traditional bricks-and-mortar campuses wade more deeply into online education, they often do so in an unstructured and decentralized way, leaving it up to individual schools, departments, and professors to ensure that they are producing high-quality courses.

DeVos calls for another delay of rule to protect students from predatory colleges
Washington Post
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is proposing another delay of an Obama-era overhaul of rules to erase the federal student debt of borrowers defrauded by colleges. In a Federal Register notice published Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education invited public comment on a plan that would give the agency until July 1, 2019, to implement updates to a regulation known as borrower defense to repayment.

FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans
Education Week
Hundreds of state and local efforts to connect rural and remote schools to fiber-optic networks have been delayed or rejected by federal officials during the past two years, jeopardizing the push to bring high-speed internet to the country’s hardest-to-connect classrooms.

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