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Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…

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Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia…

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38 Community Colleges to Begin Replacing Textbooks With Free Educational Resources

Thirty-eight community colleges will take part in a new effort that involves replacing commercial textbooks with free educational materials. The open-educational-resources project, which is being coordinated by Achieving the Dream, a network for community-college reform, is expected to bring the free materials to at least 76,000 students in the next three years.

Proponents of open resources say that the use of the materials could save students as much as $1,300 in textbook costs per year, or abo…

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Ohio State Accuses 85 Students of Cheating on Online Tests

At least 85 students at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been accused of cheating on online take-home tests, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

The college began an investigation in February, and students have recently received their disciplinary sanctions. Punishments for cheating may range from a warning to dismissal, a statement from the university said.

Investigators looked at how long students took to complete certain tests and at students’ patterns of rig…

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Thousands Mark Tiananmen Anniversary in Hong Kong, Minus Student Groups

The Associated Press is reporting that student groups dropped out of this year’s vigil in Hong Kong marking the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese government troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators, including students, in Beijing.

The vigil, which organizers said attracted 125,000 this year, annually commemorates the June 4, 1989, crackdown by the Chinese military against a student-led reform movement. The Hong Kong student groups that participated …

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Judge Orders Release of Trump U. Sales ‘Playbooks’ and Other Documents

A federal judge in California overseeing a long-running class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump’s defunct Trump University ruled on Friday afternoon that 1,000 pages of internal company documents, including playbooks used by salespeople, must be released by June 2. The ruling came in response to a request filed by The Washington Post.

In his order, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the U.S. District Court in San Diego said public interest in Mr. Trump as a presidential candidate justified release of…

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U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

The University of Iowa suspects that about 30 Chinese students paid Chinese companies to take their online examinations for them, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Last week Iowa began investigations after ProctorU, the company that Iowa uses to verify online courses, found potential inconsistencies in students’ identities for one or more exams.

According to Reuters, three of the Chinese students suspected of cheating admitted to the news service that they had hired Chinese-run groups to take tests…

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Chancellor Is Criticized for Cellphone Use During Commencement

The chancellor of the Alamo Colleges is facing a backlash for using his cellphone as graduates walked across the stage in front of him during commencement last weekend at Palo Alto College, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

The chancellor, Bruce Leslie, was criticized on social media after pictures circulated of his phone use during the Texas college’s graduation ceremony.

Mr. Leslie was on the phone for about 40 minutes while on stage, said Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto’…

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U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…

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2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday.

Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will not have arbitration clauses in their enrollment agreements as of July 1, according to a news release.

The group has come under fire for its policy that does not allow students who say they’ve been defrauded to take the colleges to cou…