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Covering an education story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI education team.

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AEI’s Rick Hess hosts a research conference featuring presentations of eight new papers that explore hard questions about the role of philanthropy in school reform today.

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Rather than waiting for one-size-fits-all accountability to be imposed by government officials, Purdue’s faculty has a chance to craft a system that reflects their university’s mission and goals. They have an opportunity to help lead the national policy debate — not just respond to it.

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Higher education policymakers should look to learn from efforts to ensure quality, accountability, and consumer protection in other sectors.

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Competency-based education, in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, is starting to gain traction with educators and policymakers, but many questions about it remain to be answered.

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Journalists at NPR and the Center for Public Integrity are responsible for creating a moral panic over campus rape.

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By doubling down on this troubled model, the President’s plan would spend more without solving the structural problems that plague it.

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If you were listening for new higher-ed ideas in the State of the Union last night, you probably felt like it was 2009 all over again.

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Representative John Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and AEI’s Rick Hess discuss what’s on the docket for education reform in the new Congress.

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about college cost initiatives during a visit to Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, Tennessee, January 9, 2015. Obama wants to make two years of community college free and universally available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in his State of the Union speech later this month. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Conservatives should second the president’s point about the importance of postsecondary education, while asking whether those workers would be better served by a centrally managed “public option.”

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President Obama wants to encourage increased community college attendance by making it free to the consumer. In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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The president’s formal announcement of his $60 billion plan on making community college free was met with mixed reaction. Observers are right to note that the plan faces long political odds and it is naive to expect that making college free will mechanically improve student outcomes.

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