Education Department sends final Title IX rule to White House for approval
Politico (subscription required)
The U.S. Education Department this week sent the Trump administration’s final Title IX rule governing campus sexual assault to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval.

Funding for minority-serving colleges caught in the crossfire of Senate dispute
Washington Post
More than a month after $255 million in funding for minority-serving colleges expired, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) took to the Senate floor this week to request unanimous approval to extend the money. But Senate Education Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) shut down the vote.

Commentary: Short-term Pell grants: What the data say
Third Way
To better understand whether opening up Pell Grant dollars to shorter-term programs will yield the return on investment students and taxpayers deserve, we can examine earnings data at institutions that focus primarily on offering certificate programs — even though these kinds of programs may be longer and more academically rigorous than the ones short-term Pell Grants would fund — to see if they provide the economic outcomes that lawmakers aim to induce through proposed legislation.

Commentary: Integrated education and training in Clark State’s advanced manufacturing program
Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (blog)
Clark State Community College sought to develop an advanced manufacturing pathway with stackable credentials that included integrated education and training (IET) as part of the first credential, a foundational skills certification in advanced manufacturing.

Cuyahoga Community College passes tax increase
The issue approved the renewal of a 1.9-mil tax and a .4-mil increase. The renewal currently pays for about 25 percent of the school’s operating budget, officials said.

With equity in mind, Regents begin inquiry into state graduation standards
Times Union
In New York, state education officials have officially launched their quest to reform the state’s graduation standards with a focus on schools’ use of high-stakes testing to determine students’ proficiency.

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