Inspector General Faults Education Department

In a semiannual report to Congress, the Education Department’s inspector general took issue with the agency’s proposal to eliminate the gainful-employment rule without other accountability standards in place. Inspector General Kathleen Tighe, who retired from the department as of Nov. 30, also warned House and Senate education committee leaders earlier this year against eliminating the rule in an overhaul of the Higher Education Act. In the new report, which covered work by the inspector general from April through September of this year, Tighe said the for-profit college sector “continues to be a high-risk area for…

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Education Department Honors Tech Initiatives

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines to the work force. The #edu2030 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge from the department’s Office of Educational Technology offered no funds to winning projects but aimed to shine a spotlight for investors and other observers on ambitious initiatives. Two of the 10 winners — JetBlue’s proposal to widely share its model for offering degrees to employees, and an artificial intelligence platform for organizing skills and identifying careers…

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