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Moving forward on OPM oversight

As the Department of Education reviews how it oversees the relationship between online program managers and universities, experts on a virtual panel last week inspected the balance between local and federal control. Some were wary of over-regulation, but said the department can serve an expanded role in shaping these contracts — like highlighting best practices. Emily Bamforth explains

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Education Department to cancel $6 billion in loans to defrauded students

Borrowers who attended certain higher education institutions that the Department of Education found committed misconduct would see their loans canceled under a potential settlement in California district court. The Education Department plans to automatically cancel loans for about 200,000 people as part of the settlement, totaling about $6 billion. The list of schools includes big-name online and for-profit institutions, including the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University and DeVry University. Emily reports.

Behind a slight growth in undergrad credentials

Students who were "stacking credentials" helped fuel undergraduate credential numbers overall during the 2020-21 academic year, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found. Students largely had earned associates degrees. The research also found that students earning certificates — a interest area for higher education institutions looking to attract new learners — still make up a small percentage of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees, about 1.6%. Emily has the details.

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