Colleges Are Accused of Withholding Public Records on the Role of Race in Admissions  

A brief filed in the closely watched Fisher v. Texas case says universities are becoming "steadily less transparent" when faced with open-records requests. Many institutions beg to differ.



5 Things Colleges Should Know About the New Secretary of Education

John B. King Jr., who will take over for Arne Duncan in December, isn’t well known in higher-ed circles. But his track record offers some clues about how he will lead the Education Department.



Tough on Colleges, Arne Duncan Bequeaths Record of Advocacy for Students

Assessments of the education secretary’s seven-year tenure credit him with changing the culture of the department to one of accountability and transparency.


Perkins Loan Program, a Federal Stalwart Since 1958, Meets Its Demise

The program extended aid to students with "exceptional financial need." Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a bill that would have kept it alive.


In Falling Default Rates, an Incomplete Picture of Borrower Distress

The default rates on federal student loans fell at all types of colleges, but thousands of borrowers still struggle to repay their loans.


Will Congress Finally Pull the Plug on Perkins Loans?

The decades-old program is set to expire next week, but a bipartisan group is making a final push to save it.


‘How Much Will I Make After Graduating?’ College Scorecard Offers Only Clues

The revamped tool includes some new numbers on graduates’ earnings. But it has limits — as do state websites that collect wage data.



At a Christian University, a Socialist Candidate Takes the Pulpit

Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a speech at Liberty University — a sign of how far the presidential hopeful and the institution have come in expanding their profiles.


Obama Takes Steps to Make Applying for Federal Student Aid Easier

Students will be able file a key form earlier, using tax data from two years earlier. The payoff: quicker information about their eligibility for aid.


White House Unveils College Scorecard That Replaces Its Scuttled Ratings Plan

The new website, designed for mobile use, intends to help students find institutions that best suit their needs, but critics say it still falls short.


U.S. Has Forgiven Loans of More Than 3,000 Ex-Corinthian Students

According to a new report, thousands more are in line for relief. The Education Department has hired more lawyers to deal with an influx of fraud claims.



Where Scott Walker Got His Utilitarian View of Higher Education — and Why It Matters  

The Wisconsin governor has taken an aggressive stance on the role of college. It’s one that has left professors troubled.


Education Dept. Seeks to Clarify Privacy of Students’ Medical Records

The department proposed that records should stay private in all but a limited number of circumstances. Experts say the draft guidance represents a careful compromise.



At the Iowa State Fair: Enthusiasm for College, and Resignation About Its Cost  

Iowans seem doubtful that tuition will go anywhere but up. Still, fairgoers say college is important.



A Key Question for Clinton’s College-Affordability Plan: Will States Buy In?

The Democratic candidate’s proposal, announced on Monday, would require states to preserve higher-education funding in order to be eligible for a large grant pool. In some states, experts say, lawmakers won’t be eager to do so.


3 Themes From a Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault

Lawmakers focused on a bill's proposals regarding confidential advisers for victims, campus agreements with the police, and due-process rights for accused students.


Democrats Unveil Bill to Help Realize Obama's Free-College Proposal

The idea still faces a steep climb in Congress, in part because the legislation would cost more than President Obama’s version would.


New Players Could Be in Line to Receive Federal Student Aid  

The Education Department is weighing a pilot project that would let students use Pell Grants at coding boot camps and other nontraditional programs.



Spurred by Sex-Assault Concerns, Lawmakers Add Disciplinary Infractions to College Transcripts  

New York is poised to become the second state to require institutions to note instances of misconduct on a student’s permanent record.


Federal Watchdog Criticizes Lenders for Treatment of Borrowers’ Co-Signers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says issuers of private student loans routinely reject requests to have co-signers released from the loans.