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  • Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application. One big reason? The form is so complicated that it discourages some people from even trying.
  • Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would scrap the much-maligned Free Application for Federal Student Aid. They'd replace it with a much simpler two-question form that's roughly the size of a postcard....

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  • A massive open online course instructor was removed from his own course last week -- or was he? As confusion brews among students in the half-finished, suspended MOOC, some observers are asking if the instructor orchestrated a social experiment without permission -- or a farce.
  • Paul-Olivier Dehaye’s three-week course, “Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required,” reportedly launched without controversy. Its first...

Career College Central summary:

  • Kevin Carey of The New York Times writes there is no reason to believe that American colleges are, on average, the best in the world. A number of people who responded, including several in letters to The Times, raised issues worth addressing more broadly.
  • Several of the questions concerned whether the American graduates in the study, known as Piaac, short for the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, are...

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  • When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too. A software program called tracks various pieces of information, including the number of points earned in the course and the amount of time the student has spent logged in to the college's software platform.
  • Course Signals combines this data with knowledge about the student's background, such as her high...

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  • The Sloan Consortium is shedding the name of its original benefactor to become the Online Learning Consortium, the last step in a 22-year-long journey to break off on its own. The name change has been in the works for months, teased and tested during conferences, in focus groups and through market research, and represents a symbolic move of independence. The online education consortium, which previously relied on funding from the Alfred P....