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Higher Ed Issues at Forefront in a Number of Gubernatorial Races

Battles over funding and college costs are being fought in races for governor across the country. These state races are likelier to have a more immediate effect than much of what Congress or the Obama administration may do. States, after all, are spending about $72 billion a year on higher education. This article can be accessed at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/31/higher-ed-especially-tuition-issue-governors-races...
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Inside Higher Ed’s Overview of the Impact of the New Gainful Employment

Critics of for-profit colleges were disappointed by the final “gainful employment” regulations. They said the Obama administration caved to industry pressure and put out a watered-down, inadequate set of rules. The U.S. Department of Education calls that narrative “misleading.” The department said the regulations are strong, legally sound and will protect students from underperforming academic programs. This article can be accessed at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/31/obama-administration-has-helped-weaken-and-change-profit-industry...
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Investing In The Health And Well-Being Of Young Adults

Young adulthood—ages approximately 18 to 26—is a critical period of development with long-lasting implications for an individual’s economic security, health, and well-being. The Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E...
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Department of Education unveils final “Gainful Employment” regulation

The Department of Education will formally unveil its long awaited gainful employment regulation tomorrow. The implementation of this 945 page rule, which targets poor performing for profit postsecondary institutions, has been a high priority for the Administration and previously blocked in federal court. A draft version of this regulation was released in March. The final rule includes a...
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Survey Of Faculty Views On Technology

A debate about the role of online courses in higher education persists. Even as more faculty members experiment with online education, they continue to fear that the record-high number of students taking those classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom, according to a survey by Inside Higher Ed...
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Online Course Quality

Online course quality is a must-have necessity for competitive institutions. While the perception of it is improving, there still is a long way to go to meet the quality standards of campus-based courses and programs, according to an Eduventures’ Consumer Preferences Survey. Steps are recommended to ensure online success.  Survey results can be accessed at...
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The Impact Of Recession-Driven Reductions In Public College Financing

A new report from the Center for American Progress furnishes state-by-state information regarding how recession-driven reductions in public college financing have affected tuition rates and the impact such increases have on disproportionately low- and middle-income students, along with the institutions that they attend.  The report can be accessed at http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/PublicCollege-report.pdf...
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How Initiatives To Reduce Fraud In Federal Health Care Programs Affect The Budget

Observers often cite fraud as an important contributor to high health care spending, particularly in federal programs. A new report describes how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the budgetary effects of legislative proposals to reduce fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and how those estimates are used in the...
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Effects Of Ending ACA Subsidies Or The Individual Mandate

Eliminating premium subsidies that help low- and moderate-income individuals purchase coverage through government-run health insurance marketplaces would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. Modeling the likely effects of ending subsidies offered under the federal Affordable...
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How To Capture The Vast Amounts Of Personal Health Data

The development of mobile health (mHealth) applications (or apps) for smartphones and wearable electronic devices has created vast amounts of personal health data that could be of tremendous value to health care professionals. Thus far, fragmentation of the mHealth ecosystem and its lack of data standards have prevented its rich potential from being realized. Beginning...
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