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Return of the College Scorecard
Inside Higher Ed
…The Department of Education published updated information on the College Scorecard Thursday, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for proponents of transparency in higher education who have watched Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over recent months delay and water down requirements for the gainful-employment measure.

College Enrollment Projected to Grow 15% by 2025
Inside Higher Ed
A new federal report projects that enrollment in American postsecondary institutions will climb 15 percent from 2014 to 2025, with larger proportional increases among adult than traditional-age students, women than men, graduate students than undergraduates, and minority students than white students.

Online Education on Notice
Inside Higher Ed
The Department of Education’s inspector general thinks Western Governors University’s competency-based courses do not meet distance education requirements and recommends the institution return $700 million in federal funds. What does this directive mean for online learning? Experts weigh in.

The Rural Higher-Education Crisis
The Atlantic
When it comes to college enrollment, students in Middle America—many of them white—face an uphill battle against economic and cultural deterrents.

The number of people defaulting on federal student loans is climbing
Washington Post
The Education Department said Wednesday the share of people not making payments on their federal student loans within three years of leaving college has risen, reversing five years of reported declines in new defaults.

When the government invests in low-income students, it recoups the money
Providing poor students with money to attend college can be a worthwhile investment for taxpayers. The paper, distributed this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, focuses on students at four-year public universities in Texas who were just barely eligible to receive the maximum amount of money the federal government provides to low-income students through the Pell grant and those who just missed the cut off.

Online courses ‘more time-consuming’ to prepare for, study says
Times Higher Education
Online courses are more time-consuming for academics to prepare for than traditional teaching, according to an Australian study.

Study: Students Rely on Least Reliable Source for Advice on College Majors
US News and World Report
When it comes to choosing college majors – a crucial decision that lays the groundwork for future employment and earnings – students often rely on the least reliable sources for advice: family and friends.

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