Category Archives: Government

Politics and policy in higher education.


Education Dept. Releases Final Report on Corinthian Loan Discharge

The fourth and final “Borrower Defense Progress Report” was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. It cites 26,603 claims for debt relief, of which 87 percent were from former students at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc., according to the agency. As of June 24, the report says, the department had approved more than 11,000 claims for student-debt relief, for a total of more than $170 million.

This is the last of four reports produced by a special master, Joseph A. Smit…


Nearly 1 Million Community-College Students Lack Access to Federal Student Loans

Nine percent of community-college students, or nearly one million people, attend institutions that don’t participate in the federal student-loan program, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success.

According to the group’s latest report, some community colleges say they opt out of federal student loans to keep students from borrowing too much money. As a result, the report says, students feel pushed to take out more-expensive private loans or to re…


Kentucky Governor Reveals Nominees for New U. of Louisville Board

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky has announced his 10 nominees to a reconstituted Board of Trustees for the University of Louisville, The Courier-Journal reported on Wednesday.

The new board members were named two weeks after Mr. Bevin, a Republican, disbanded the university’s entire board and Louisville’s president announced plans to step down.

Mr. Bevin’s list includes one famous name, John H. Schnatter, better known as Papa John, the founder and chief executive of the Papa John’s Pizza chain. The …


Hillary Clinton Proposes Student-Loan Deferments for Entrepreneurs

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday proposed allowing entrepreneurs to defer making federal student-loan payments as a way to encourage them to create more jobs, the Associated Press reported.

Mrs. Clinton told an audience at a rally in Colorado that, under her proposal, entrepreneurs and their early employees would be able to defer payments on their loans for up to three years.

Also under the plan, graduates whose businesses provide social benefits could…


67 Colleges Will Take Part in Education Dept.’s Pell-for-Prisoners Program

Sixty-seven institutions of higher education will participate in the U.S. Education Department’s pilot program to make Pell Grants available to prison inmates, the department announced on Friday.

The department announced the program in July of last year. Its rollout comes more than 20 years after Congress prohibited inmates from receiving Pell Grants.

“The evidence is clear,” said the U.S. education secretary, John B. King Jr., in a news release. “Promoting the education and job training for inc…


Grambling State President Resigns After Less Than a Year in Office

The president of Grambling State University, Willie D. Larkin, resigned on Thursday barely a year after he assumed the leadership of the historically black university in Louisiana, The Advocate reported.

Mr. Larkin, who is the university’s ninth president, announced his plan to step down at the University of Louisiana’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Ruston, La., after he and other presidents in the system received their annual personal evaluations.

The system’s spokeswoman, Cami Geisman, decl…


Controversial ‘Sports University’ Draws Scrutiny From 2 North Carolina Agencies

Two higher-education agencies in North Carolina are looking into the company calling itself Forest Trail Sports University and could nix its plans to team up with Waldorf University, a for-profit institution based in Iowa that operates mostly online.

Forest Trail had announced plans to lease unused facilities at Barber-Scotia College, an unaccredited institution in North Carolina that’s struggling to stay open. Under the plans, student-athletes would be invited to the campus to play sports year-…


Kentucky Attorney General Sues Governor Over U. of Louisville Shake-Up

The attorney general of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over his administrative shake-up at the University of Louisville, WFPL reported on Wednesday.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said he would also seek a restraining order to block the Republican governor’s abolition of the university’s Board of Trustees and reconstitution of its membership.

Last week Governor Bevin cleaned house when he announced he was reorganizing the university’s board and Louisville’s president, James R. Ram…


U. of Louisville Faculty Group Aims to Thwart Governor’s Shake-Up

Faculty members at the University of Louisville have asked its Board of Trustees to block their removal and other governance changes ordered last week by Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, The Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday.

Governor Bevin, a Republican, announced on Friday that he was dismissing all the board members and that the university’s president, James R. Ramsey, would step down. The governor also said he would convene a new board with 13 members, 10 of whom would be appointed by Mr. Bevi…


U. of Wyoming’s President Declares Financial Crisis

The University of Wyoming’s president has declared a financial crisis and plans to reduce or cut academic programs and review the institution’s structure, according to a letter on Thursday from the president, Laurie Nichols, to the campus.

According to Wyoming’s financial-exigency policy, if the university is in a dire financial situation, it should follow guidelines to navigate the financial constraints fairly.

Ms. Nichols stressed in her letter the difference between financial exigency and the…