Welcome to the latest installment of our education news roundup. This week: student loans, HBCUs, federal education policy and more:
The Department of Education scolds an online university
Western Governors University was ineligible for federal student aid and may have to return more than $700 million, according to an audit by the U.S. Education Department's oversight branch.
The university, whose curriculum emphasizes competency-based education, did not qualify for aid because there wasn't enough interaction between faculty and students, the audit says. In other words, the department says, Western Governors was operating more like a correspondence school than a university.
The audit raises questions about the future of the movement toward competency-based education as a whole.