Citizens' Issues
Nearly 9.5 lakh Bihar voters chose NOTA
Around 9.5 lakh voters in Bihar chose not to vote for any candidate in the assembly elections and pressed the "None of the Above" (NOTA) button on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
According to statistics released by the Election Commission on Sunday night, a total of 9,47,276 voters chose NOTA -- 2.5 percent of the total votes polled.
 
The Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress won a whopping 178 of the 243 seats, leaving the BJP and its allies with just 58 seats.
 
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Narendra Doshi

1 year ago

This is a very good sign, indeed. Be more prepared - all political parties!

There must be 'Sabka Nyay', says Modi
Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said there must be 'Sabka Nyay' (justice for all) along with 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'.
 
"I believe in 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' and with that there must be 'Sabka Nyay'," Modi said while addressing legal fraternity on the Legal Service Day.
 
On this occasion, he also said more and more people must know what Lok Adalats are about.
 
Lok Adalat is a system of alternative dispute resolution developed in India. It roughly means "People's court". 
 
The Lok Adalats can deal with all civil cases, matrimonial disputes, land disputes, partition/property disputes, labour disputes etc., and compoundable criminal cases.
 
"Along with legal awareness, there must be institutional awareness. People must know systems that are in place," the prime minister said, adding: "Happy that discussions are being held on how poor will get justice. I have been able to learn a lot being here."
 
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US Department of Education Demands Greater Accountability from College Accreditors

The U.S. Department of Education announced new transparency measures for college accreditors Friday, encouraging the organizations to focus more on student outcomes such as graduation rates.

 

As part of a series of legislative recommendations, the agency also called on Congress to give it the power to set standards for how accreditors measure student achievement.

 

Accreditors are not government agencies but play a critical role in higher education: Colleges must get approval from them in order to gain access to the government's massive student aid programs. Accreditation is particularly critical for for-profit colleges, which rely on federal funds for much of their income.

 

But accreditors often don't do much to make sure students are getting a quality education.

"Accreditation organizations are watchdogs that don't bite," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a press briefing about today's announcement.

 

A ProPublica analysis published this week showed that accreditors of for-profit colleges often approve schools where students struggle at remarkably high rates. One accreditor stood out: the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or ACICS. Only a third of students graduate at a typical four-year college accredited by ACICS. That's the lowest rate of any accreditor. Students at ACICS-accredited colleges also take on more debt and face greater difficulty in repaying their loans.

 

Alongside its proposals, the Education Department released data on student outcomes broken down by accreditation agency. Their data also shows that many ACICS-accredited schools are among the poorest performers in the country.

 

Under current law, the Education Department can't do much about accreditors that aren't holding schools to account.

 

"We will not be able to make accreditation do the work it needs to do for students and taxpayers without congress stepping up," said Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell during a press briefing.  

 

The department's proposals to change that come amid growing scrutiny of accreditation.

A Government Accountability Office report issued last year found that struggling schools are no more likely to be penalized by accreditors than schools with strong student outcomes. This summer, a Wall Street Journal investigation also found that the accreditors of mostly nonprofit schools rarely punish failing schools, even those with single-digit graduation rates.

 

In a Senate hearing this past summer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren chastised ACICS' president for accrediting campuses of Corinthian Colleges despite 20 different state investigations into the for-profit chain.

 

Earlier this week, several senators spoke on the floor of the Senate, faulting accreditors for propping up for-profit colleges despite federal investigations into fraudulent and predatory tactics.

 

"Accreditation is the key to the castle for accessing this spigot of federal financial aid," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "It's supposed to signify that a program provides a quality education for its students 2014 too often the accreditation means nothing."

 

The Department of Education is scheduled to review ACICS' accrediting status next year.

 

Related stories: For more, read our investigation into college accreditation of for-profit schools. For more stories on higher education, check out Debt By Degrees, a new interactive database of college debt.

 

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