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October 21, 2016

e-News October 2016 | Making Sense Of ESSA And Social Emotional Learning

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…


October 2016

Making sense of ESSA
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and districts now have more flexibility in measuring student outcomes. ESSA incorporates broader definitions of student success, including factors related to social and emotional learning. Our contextualized consulting, coaching, and support can help you align your improvement efforts with ESSA and build your school or district’s capacity as a high reliability and high performance system.
Just let us know how we can help!

Research Roundup

U.S. high school graduation rate reaches record high
The White House

U.S. high school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83.2 percent in the 2014-15 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics recently highlighted by President Obama. Increases in graduation rates were seen across demographic subgroups of learners, but English learners showed the largest increase, a 6.1 percent gain from 2010-11 to 2014-15. Read the White House Fact Sheet.

Digital Education Survey: Explore emerging trends in digital education technology


Deloitte surveyed more than 2,800 teachers, students, and parents to find out what types of technology are being used in and out of the classroom for learning, and how often. Among the findings, 42 percent of teachers said they use digital technology in the classroom every day; top uses were online educational videos, educational apps or software, websites for research, and content- or skill-specific games. Interestingly, a strong majority of students (75 percent) said they wanted to spend more time using digital content at home to learn more about what they study in school—-an idea that most teachers (84 percent) and parents (88 percent) also supported. Read the 2016 Digital Education Survey.

Five reasons teacher residencies often outperform traditional training
The Hechinger Report

In response to the new teacher preparation program regulations recently set by the U.S. Department of Education, this article outlines five benefits for teachers who completed a high-quality residency under the guidance of mentor teachers: effective classroom management skills, high-quality lesson planning, improved quality of teaching, better professionalism, and employability and retention.

New from McREL

Changing Schools, Fall 2016 | Spotlight on social and emotional learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) practices can help students succeed in academics and in life—-but how can schools approach it systemically? This issue of McREL’s Changing Schools looks at the research behind SEL, how to select and implement the right program and create the culture and conditions to support it, ESSA’s impact on SEL and measuring nonacademic factors of student success, and how SEL connects with student motivation and curiosity.  Read the new issue online.

NASA honors 2016 Dawn Mission communications and outreach team from McREL
NASA recently honored several McREL staff members for their “outstanding execution” as part of the agency’s public communications campaign for the Dawn mission. The Dawn spacecraft traveled to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to explore the protoplanet Vesta in 2011-2012 and is now exploring dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about the Dawn Mission.

Video | NASA Impact of Discovery/Mission Makers Workshop

In April 2016, 230 participants at four sites across the U.S. joined mission scientists from NASA Discovery and New Frontiers and teams fromEurekus and McREL for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) experience to gain engineering literacy and classroom “maker project” ideas by constructing simple machine instruments for a shoe-box model rover. Watch a short video documentary of this experience and learn more about McREL’s STEM and STEAM consulting services.

REL Pacific Toolkit | Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education
A toolkit from the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Pacific at McREL helps schools and districts improve their outreach to families and community members. The toolkit is divided into four parts, each including a series of activities that can be used with family and community members as well as other diverse cross-stakeholder groups. The activities involve reading, writing, discussions, and creative exercises using graphics, scenarios, worksheets, and planning templates.Find the guides at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences website.

Free Resource | How to select school interventions
Selecting and implementing the right intervention for your students’ needs can be a daunting task. Our Recommended Protocol for Selecting School Interventions document outlines key action steps and questions to consider that will help you make better intervention decisions. Download this free resource.

Events & Opportunities

McREL consultants will be at the following conferences to present sessions and/or to share information in exhibit areas. If you or your colleagues will attend, please be sure to introduce yourself to our staff.
Visit our events page or contact McREL to learn more about each event.

Colorado Department of Education Equity and Excellence Conference
Denver, Colo., Nov. 3-4

League for Innovation in the Community College’s STEMtech Conference
Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 7

Association of Educational Service Agencies Annual Conference
Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 30-Dec. 3


Research Matters | Model lesson plans offer a lifeline to new teachers
In the October issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership, McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin offers research-based evidence that providing first-year and struggling teachers high-quality lesson plans helps improve teacher performance and might aid in teacher retention. Read his column.

Blog Post | Career Readiness: What does it really mean and how do we get there?

McREL consultant Susan Ryan looks at the changing landscape of career and technical education, and what it means to be career-ready. “Ultimately,” she writes, “as career training programs and academic education systems work together to prepare students for their future careers, it’s important that we acknowledge the differences among learning benchmarks that mark a variety of career pathways.” Read her blog post.


McREL training in Guam helps teachers and students “reach for the stars”
To spark student interest in STEM, the Guam Department of Education and McREL are working together to train teachers on astronomy and planetary science, including how to build rovers that can travel to different worlds throughout the universe. The CosmoQuest Project, which is supported by NASA, offers teachers first-hand experiences in order to get them engaged in STEM and “take that energy and excitement back into the classroom and be truly inspiring to their students,” said McREL consultant Whitney Cobb. Read the story.

Bahamian educators implement McREL’s Balanced Leadership
An article in the Abaconian highlighted McREL’s Balanced Leadership work with school leaders throughout the Bahamas, including the Abaco Islands. The article focuses on how McREL’s Balanced Leadership framework supports the Abaco district’s theme for the current school year, “Educate Students to Create Long Time Learners,” by helping school leaders adjust to the shifting, more demanding expectations placed on them. According to Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black, the district’s goal is effective leadership at all levels, from teachers and teacher leaders to district administrators and national education leaders. Read the story.
“We began our partnership with McREL in 2008. The ultimate beneficiaries are our staff and students, as our district is more thoughtful and strategic in how we 
implement change and determine focus.
Dr. B.J. Worthington, Superintendent, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee
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Meet an FLVS Instructional Leader

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We are celebrating the 2016-17 school year with blog posts featuring FLVS faculty and staff. Meet the creative and dedicated individuals who make every day a great day at FLVS! When you think of a school principal, you might imagine a friendly administrator grasping a walkie-talkie in one hand and fist bumping the students with […]

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October 20, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for Oct. 19, 2016 – Fall Edition IX –

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Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert for Oct. 19, 2016 – Fall Edition IX

CalendarCheckCalendar Check
Start Dates
Early Calendar: Aug. 15
Traditional Calendar:  Aug. 29
Day 3 No-Show Report
Early Calendar:  Aug. 18
Traditional Calendar: Sept. 1
*Find this document in the registration system. It will show which students have not logged in yet. Please contact those students.
Day 7 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: Aug. 24
Traditional Calendar: Sept. 8
*Find the Day 3 and Day 7 no-show reports in our registration system (click “Reports.”) These reports show which students have not logged in. Please contact them to see if they need help or if they need to be dropped.
Last Day to Drop and Add
Early Calendar: Aug. 26
Traditional Calendar: Sept.12
This is the last day districts and schools can drop students with no penalty for the student and no cost for the district or charter.
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
ReportingOverviewNCVPS Reporting Overview

Progress Reports 
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Final Grade Report 
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports 
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Additional Grade Reporting Resources

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This week, we have identified a number of challenges with which we can help districts and charter schools.
If your district or charter has been impacted by the hurricane, please see our survey in this email. We are eager to help!
We still have a number of enrollment options for Fall 2016. See the details below for credit recovery, OCS, and transfer students.
We have one issue that we need district and charter help with. See the message below about ELA contact information.
Thanks you, and here’s all the NCVPS news this week:
Updated This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

HurricaneNeedsDistricts and Charters in Need After Hurricane Matthew
NCVPS is eager to help our districts and charter schools that were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Please complete this survey so that we can better understand your post-hurricane needs.

ContactInfoELA Contact Info Needed
A number of schools have not updated their ELA contact information yet in the NCVPS registration system. Please take a few minutes to update the “My Info” tab in our system.
It’s an easy process. Just log into our system. Click the “My Info” tab and update your contact information. You can also add lab facilitator contact information. Be sure to click “Update” when you’re done.
Thank you!

NCVPS Ticketing System Tip
When users check a ticket status with our Virtual Support Center, they can only check one ticket at a time. A number of schools have asked how they can search for multiple tickets at once.
Unfortunately, our ticketing system doesn’t support that functionality right now, but there may be a solution in your email’s inbox.
When users open a ticket with the support center, our system sends a confirmation email to the user. This confirmation email includes the ticket number and the subject line that you created in the ticket.
When you create your help ticket, put specific information in the subject line that will make it easier to search your email inbox for that confirmation email.
Example: Instead of using “Add student to roster” we suggest using “Add John Smith to roster.” This will help when you are searching email replies.

RepordcardUpdateNCVPS Report Card Update
Beginning Fall 2016, NCVPS will no longer report two grading period averages for students. Instead, NCVPS will report cumulative progress reports every two weeks. At the end of the semester, we will report a Final Course Work grade.
In the past, our weighted grades for report cards looked like this:
First Grading Period: 37.5%
Second Grading Period: 37.5%
Final Exam/Project: 25%
*Schools administered EOC and CTE Exams and averaged in those scores with our two grading period averages.
Now, our weighted grades will look like this:
Final Course Work Grade: 75%
Final Exam/Project: 25%
*Schools now administer EOC, NCFE, and CTE Exams and average in those scores with our Final Course Work grade.
As always, schools may recalculate grades if the district policy has different weights for the final exams.
NOTE: NCVPS progress report grades are not weighted grades. Therefore, our progress report grades would not be accurate for schools to use when they are generating their weighted Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 or Midterm and End term (or whatever variation a district might use) report card grades. The school’s final averages and NCVPS’s final course work grade will not match each other when districts do this.
A number of districts are only entering NCVPS grades at the end of the term. Districts use a similar method when students take courses at the local community college. These districts are sending home separate NCVPS progress reports when they mail home progress reports, Quarter 1, or Midterm grades.

FallUpdatesFall 2016 Updates

Follow this link to our registration system.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here. Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, the guide at this link will help.

Our Fall 2016 enrollment has closed. However, we still have a number of options for schools.

Credit Recovery: Credit recovery registration will remain open until November 23, 2016.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12, but students can be added to existing sections.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health and PE courses will remain open until November 14.
Transfer Students: We are now accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. Transfers are not for students who are new to the course. We are able to accept fall transfers through November 23, 2016. This is a good solution for students who move into the district and have a course that they school does not offer. It’s also a good solution for home-bound students and suspended students.
Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit: Our new mastery learning courses will help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out the details here for mastery learning enrollment.
Spring 2017 – We are still enrolling for all Spring 2017 courses. Spring registration is open until Feb. 3, 2017.

Your students are registered, now what? Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS web page for the basic support details that will assist your students throughout the semester.

See our Calendar Check on the sidebar for our important fall dates.
NCVPS is transitioning all of its courses to the Canvas learning management system. Currently, Canvas does not have the functionality to let schools calculate weighted marking period grades.
Starting in Fall 2016, NCVPS will post grades in the NCVPS registration system following our new process:
  • Cumulative progress reports every two weeks.
  • Final class average at the end of term (75%), along with the final exam grade (25%), and final grade.
  • For EOC, CTE, NCFE courses, we report the final classwork grade (75%), and schools calculate in the exam grades (25%). Districts can adjust those percentages based on their percentage weight for final exams.
The cumulative progress reports are an accurate indicator of exactly how a student is performing in the course. They are not weighted grades, however, so they would not be grades that you would add to PowerSchool report card grades. Many schools will send home a separate NCVPS progress report when they send home report cards throughout the semester. They will record the final NCVPS grade in PowerSchool at the end of the term. It is a local decision, however, on how to do this.
Prior to Fall 2016, NCVPS students were not required to take NC Final Exams (NCFE) since NCVPS teachers are contractors with no Standard 6 in their evaluations.  While NCVPS did not take NCFEs in the 28 NCFE math, science, English, and social studies subjects, students did complete a final project and/or take an NCVPS Final Exam.
Now, student growth is no longer affiliated with teacher evaluations – a decision by the SBE this Spring. For this reason, all NCVPS students will take the NCFEs as administered by their schools beginning with the Fall 2016*.  NCVPS will report the final course work grade, and just like EOCs, school districts will administer NCFEs and calculate final averages.
October 6: Progress reports for both Early Calendar and Traditional Calendar courses have been posted in the NCVPS registration system. Look for the report with this title: “Fall 2016 EC, CR, ML, Block and YL Progress Report Due Oct. 4, 2016.”
What’s Next on the Schedule?
October 20: 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE andProgress Report and Final 9-Week Grades for Health Courses will be posted in the NCVPS Registration System
See our sidebar to find an overview of NCVPS grade reporting.

LoginIssuesStudent Login Issues

We have noticed a pattern in student login issues. A number of students have been attempting to log in to their district’s or school’s Canvas login site. A district’s Canvas login site will not work for NCVPS courses.


Be sure students are logging in to their NCVPS courses at this link: 

CanvasParentAppCanvas Parent App

Parents and facilitators can now download the Canvas Parent app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Parents and facilitators will need student login information to set up their parent accounts. This will have to come from the school. NCVPS cannot supply login credentials to parents or facilitators. Check with your school’s e-learning advisor (ELA).

The Canvas Parent app is designed to provide visibility into a student’s progress at a glance. Canvas Parent allows both parents and facilitators to:

  • View assignment descriptions and due dates
  • Set reminders for assignments
  • View assignment grades
  • View course grades
  • Set grade alerts
  • View course announcements
Here are several helpful links:
Parents and facilitators can also use the Parent Portal online. Directions on how to use the portal are here.

Tech Updates
ChromebookUpdateChromebook Update
Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.
Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within your courses may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System. If you experience an interruption in your learning, please open a help desk ticket at and we will make reasonable accommodations to support your learning experience.
Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.
Students can click on the ? Help button to open a ticket. At that point, be sure students select “Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket” NOT “Report a Problem”.
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Sum16.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 91.Head to and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.
Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Virtual Support Center:
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor
AP Computer Science – Florida Virtual
AP Human Geography – Edgenuity
AP Language & Composition – Florida Virtual
AP Macroeconomics – Florida Virtual
AP Microeconomics – Florida Virtual
AP US History – Florida Virtual
Music Appreciation – Edmentum
OCS Intro to Math – Edmentum
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October 19, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 10.19.16

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Dear Colleagues:

The iNACOL Symposium, held on October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, is the industry’s leading event for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 education. Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium? Click here to register now. 

For more information:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education. 


Upcoming iNACOL Events

October Teacher Talk Webinar | Instructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent

October 20, 2016  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register.

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2016

October 25-28, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

Registration is open. Click here to register. 

November Leadership Webinar | State Policy Opportunities for Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

November 9, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

5 Ways to Make the Most of the iNACOL Symposium

With the iNACOL Symposium nearing, iNACOL is thrilled to share exciting conference details. With more than 260 engaging and interactive sessions, the iNACOL Symposium provides invaluable networking opportunities and access…

How States Can Transform Systems of Assessments to Support Teachers and Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) empowers states to redesign their current systems of assessments to better support personalized learning. To do this, state systems will need to provide rich, real-time data to teachers to…

Building Educator Capacity to Personalize Learning for Every Student

Only by raising and building the capacity of educators and school leaders will we realize the bold vision of systemic transformation toward student-centered learning. Educators across the K-12 education workforce are the most important…

High Expectations at EPIC North

As with my first visit to EPIC North, the conversation started with students. I was thrilled to have the chance to talk with sophomores who now had a year and a half under their belts in a mastery-based school. In this post, I’ll review some…

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Constructing a Common Language of Learning

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

A Look into the Classroom: Competency Vs. Traditional Education

Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks

How Civic Engagement Helps Students See Their Capacity to Make Change

KQED Mind/Shift

ESSA and Performance Assessments: Where States Go From Here

Rafael Heller, Education Week

U.S. Education Department Approves Extension of New Hampshire’s Competency-Based Assessment Pilot

U.S. Department of Education

4 Ways ESSA Will Change How Schools Serve ELL Students

Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

How One District Prepared For and Embraced Personalized Learning

Heather B. Hayes, Ed Tech Magazine

New York City ELL Study Offers Glimpse into National English-Learner Trends

Corey Mitchell, Education Week

A Better Way Forward for Competency-Based Learning

Joe DiMartino, New Profit

Clark County School District Will Open Nation’s First Marzano Academy

Amelia Pak-Harvey, Las Vegas Review-Journal

iNACOL in the News

Can Westminster’s Different Approach to Learning Get a Fair Shot Under Colorado’s Accountability System?

Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat

Leaders of the largest school district in Colorado facing possible state intervention next year are contending that the current system for rating schools is not capturing progress their students are making under an approach to…

3 Ways New England States Have Advanced Competency-Based Education

Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

Competency-based education has a strong hold in New England. Five of the six northeastern states have spent a number of years working to ensure that all students advance and graduate high school with the knowledge and skills they…

Report: New England School Districts Embracing Competency-Based Education

Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Competency-based education may be reaching a tipping point in New England, where more than half of school districts are currently in the process of planning or implementing this approach to teaching and learning, according to a new…

Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing?

Tom Vander Ark, Education Week

Let’s start with celebration. In the seven years since the 2009 iNACOL Symposium (the event that signaled a new era of blended and personalized learning in U.S. education) we’ve made a lot of progress. Signs of progress…



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Online technology will open up global engagement in HEOnline learning as a phenomenon must evolve into an accepted form, entrenched as a culture rather than a separate entity within institutions, as there is little point in denying the increasingly significant role it will play in delivering higher education. University World News

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Oberlin Expands Its ReachOberlin College is looking to promote itself abroad through an online education program that pairs high school student researchers with faculty members — though not necessarily their own. Inside Higher Ed

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For-Profit Walden U., Once Tied to Bill Clinton, Put Under ReviewMinnesota education officials have launched a review of online PhD programs at a for-profit college with ties to former President Bill Clinton. NBC News

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