Governor's Veto Won't End Fight Over Concealed Guns at Georgia's Public Colleges

Nathan Deal, a Republican, had supported expanding gun rights to bars and churches. But he said the legislation failed to give campuses flexibility to set their own rules.



What Can the U.S. Learn From Switzerland, a World Leader in Apprenticeships?  

Ambassador Martin Dahinden explains why two-thirds of his nation’s high-school graduates serve as apprentices and describes how America could import elements of the Swiss plan.



What Lawmakers in One State Talk About When They Talk About Diversity  

After grilling university officials over diversity offices, diversity spending, and diversity goals, Republican legislators in Tennessee have now sent a bill to the governor’s desk with sharp restrictions.



How One College’s Lobbyist Is Handling a Controversial Bathroom Bill  

Tennessee is one of several states where lawmakers have proposed legislation assailed as anti-transgender. The flagship’s chief lobbyist is charged with teasing out its effects on the campus — financial and otherwise.



Inside the Elaborate Web Presence of the Government's Fake University

The Department of Homeland Security used a sham college to charge 21 people with visa fraud. Like most universities, it had an active life on social media.



Why the Budget Stalemate in Illinois Is Hitting One University Especially Hard  

Education experts worry that the uncertain fate of Chicago State University could drag down residents of the city’s South Side, where learning alternatives are few.



The Places on Campus Where Concealed-Carry Is Most Controversial  

Day-care centers, disciplinary hearings, and faculty offices are among the settings where Texas and Georgia have wrestled over whether to allow guns.


In New Rule on Student-Loan Forgiveness, 2 Lawmakers Demand Fewer ‘Hoops’

The Education Department’s latest plan to allow students claiming they were defrauded to seek relief is a "vast improvement," the Democrats said, but still doesn’t go far enough.



‘We Need Many More College Graduates,’ Says Obama’s Departing Higher-Ed Adviser

James Kvaal, who stepped down last week, was involved in nearly every college issue of the Obama years. The upshot? No "walk-off home run," but "a series of singles."



As FCC Auction Looms, Colleges Consider the Value of Their Airwaves  

Howard University, for instance, stands to gain millions if it sells. But supporters and alumni of the historically black institution are concerned about what it would lose.



A Grim Budget Picture Means Even More Pain for Louisiana’s Colleges  

The state’s fiscal problems are once again putting the squeeze on higher education, leaving colleges bracing for another round of sharp cuts.



Education Dept. Defends Its Approach to Title IX in Face of Senate Pressure

The agency denied a key senator’s accusation that it had strayed beyond the law in pressuring colleges to take tough stands against sexual harassment and assault.



Mizzou Tries to Heal a Fractured Relationship With Its Legislature  

Many state lawmakers say they remain embarrassed by the turmoil that shook the Columbia campus last fall. Their anger has placed the university on the defensive.



Under Fire From Lawmakers, a Flagship Tries to Explain Why Diversity Matters  

A state legislative committee will soon investigate what the University of Tennessee at Knoxville does with money earmarked for diversity. How can campus officials persuade lawmakers who appear to be unpersuadable?


Education Dept. Seeks to Clear a Path to Loan Forgiveness and Recover Lost Loans

In a new round of rule making, negotiators will discuss a proposal to set a federal standard for judging borrowers’ claims that they were defrauded and how much relief they should receive.


U.S. House Backs New Bid to Require ‘National Interest’ Certification for NSF Grants

The bill's Republican sponsor says it's meant to ensure that the grant process is transparent and accountable. Opponents see it as "another anti-science piece of legislation."



What Obama's 2017 Budget Means for Higher Ed

The president's final budget proposal includes a boost for community colleges and gives science researchers reason to worry. Here's a look at the key items. 


Education Dept. Creates ‘Enforcement Unit’ to Police College Wrongdoing

In a budget request on Tuesday, the Obama administration will ask for $13.6 million to help it react "more quickly and efficiently" to allegations of student-aid and other misconduct.



How Many French-Literature Degrees Is Kentucky Really Paying For?  

Gov. Matthew G. Bevin questioned whether such students should be "subsidized by the taxpayers like engineers." But little of the state’s money supports students in any foreign-language study at all.



What the Education Dept.'s Information-Security Breakdowns Really Mean  

Congressional hearings on the agency’s vulnerability to hackers have featured plenty of anger and acronyms. Here’s a guide to what’s at stake for students, families, and colleges.