Can a City's Compassion Remedy Educational Inequity?  

Louisville, Ky., wants to be known for sending its kids, all of them, to college. And it has a plan to make that happen.



Call to Shut Down a Controversial Accreditor Could Shake For-Profit Higher Ed

The Education Department’s recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition could carry far-reaching consequences.


U.S. Proposes Easier Path to Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

In a draft rule set to be released this week, the Education Department takes steps prompted by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges.



State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Campus Speech, With Mixed Success  

Arizona bars public colleges from confining protests to "speech zones," but other states’ legislatures resist taking stands on hot-button issues like microaggressions and trigger warnings.



Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here are Some Clues.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t released a plan, but he has commented on student loans, international students, and more.



Where Does the Regional State University Go From Here?  

Reeling from financial crises, the workhorse of public education is being reshaped on the fly.


What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.



UNC Tuition for $500? State Lawmakers Consider the Possibility at 5 Campuses  

Legislatures in several states have tried to curb college costs, but none has gone as far as a bill in North Carolina would. The bill’s focus on minority-serving institutions adds another dimension to the debate.



Why Do Politicians Keep Talking About ‘Hard-Working’ Students?  

The frequently used phrase sheds light on how politicians and the public view higher ed — and they might not all be talking about the same thing.



Early Evidence: The College Scorecard Made a Difference, but Only for Some Groups of Students  

New research finds that the government’s college-comparison tool had an impact, but that it was concentrated among advantaged students.



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.