U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Monday berated the approach taken by some colleges and universities for their handling of allegations of campus sex assaults, in an appearance at the University of New Hampshire with Vice-President Joe Biden.
Massachusetts logged more than 75,000 in-school and out-of school suspensions in the 2010-2011 school year, a study of state education data by the New England Center for Investigative Journalism has found.
Students at a privately operated online school that is costing Massachusetts taxpayers almost $2.5 million a year are falling far behind other students in the state based on their assessment-test scores, and half of them are quitting during the academic year or failing to return the next year.
Massachusetts spent $86.9 million on grants and scholarships and $40.2 million on no-interest loans, tuition waivers and other aid in the 2009-2010 academic year, the last period for which the figures are available, according to the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs.
The Massachusetts anti-bullying law, hailed in 2010 as model legislation, is toothless and often ineffective, underfunded, hobbled by a lack of oversight and lacking requirements for tracking the number of bullying incidents.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this week acknowledged that they allowed a student who confessed to raping a friend on campus last fall, a felony, to remain enrolled and avoid significant discipline.
The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures.
A local for-profit college allegedly misled students by using deceptive marketing tactics and promoting high-cost subprime student loans, the state Office of the Attorney General announced this week.