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A regional accrediting association has given its blessing to a new degree option in Wisconsin that will make it easier for working adults to learn at their own pace and earn credits once they have demonstrated competency in the course.

So, how much is a college education worth? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports individuals with just a high school diploma are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as those with a bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, those with four-year degrees earn, on average, more than one-third as much as adults with no college degree or certificate. That amounts to more than $400 per week, or, looked at another way, approximately $900,000 more over a lifetime in today’s dollars.

In a compromise decision that avoids the hot-button political issue of affirmative action in postsecondary education, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a federal appeals court was wrong to dismiss a case that the University of Texas illegally discriminated against a white college student when it rejected her application for admission.

Arkansas is about to give some of its college students “credit when it’s due.” The state’s higher education leadership announced on Wednesday a plan that will make it easier for students who begin postsecondary studies in a community college but later transfer to a four-year institute to earn an associate degree.

For nearly 300 weeks, No Child Left Behind has been in a legislative slumber on Capitol Hill.  That’s how long it’s been since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), expired. Now, in the span of just two days, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate have unveiled competing plans to revamp NCLB. It marks the first significant signs that NCLB might be awakening from its deep sleep. 

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