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.



Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security

In a three-hour grilling by a U.S. House committee, Danny Harris answered accusations of financial improprieties and failure to secure "vulnerable" information systems.


Accreditors Feel the Heat, but Are Torn Over Calls for Change  

Accrediting agencies face rising calls in Washington to hold more colleges accountable, but it’s not clear that they’re all ready to embrace the desired reforms.



New Book Accuses Education Dept. of Fudging Numbers on Student-Loan Defaults  

Mary Lyn Hammer, who runs a default-management company, argues that the agency massaged data to make for-profit institutions look bad and direct lending look better. That’s not the case, critics say. But Republican lawmakers are listening.


You’ve Heard the Debate About Guns on Campus. But What About Stun Guns?

A Georgia lawmaker says he will introduce legislation to allow electroshock weapons on campuses, a "middle ground," he says, for students to protect themselves.



Chill on Funding Still Limits Gun-Violence Research  

Three years ago, President Obama directed federal agencies to conduct or sponsor research on gun violence. The flow of those dollars to such projects is still small, but signs are growing that other groups are interested in supporting the work.


California’s Community Colleges Can’t Live With Accreditor, Can’t Live Without It

A federal panel has limited the accreditor’s ability to approve new baccalaureate programs, to the dismay of colleges that have attacked the agency over its treatment of the City College of San Francisco.


Perkins Loan Program Would Return From the Dead Under Senate Legislation

The bill, which has support from a key Republican lawmaker, would limit eligibility for the program as a way to cover its costs.


3 Ways the Education Dept. Stands Accused of Mismanaging Student Aid  

At a hearing, lawmakers, advocates, and investigators all criticized how the agency’s Office of Federal Student Aid serves students and taxpayers. Here’s a look at their arguments.


Agencies’ Finding Eases Path to Debt Relief for Some Corinthian College Students

The U.S. Education Department and the California attorney general’s office determined that the for-profit education provider had inflated job-placement rates for students in its California and online programs.


Obama Takes Steps to Assure Quality of Education Programs That Recruit Veterans

The administration is updating tools that help shield veterans and members of the armed services from unscrupulous colleges. It’s also calling on Congress to enact stronger protections.



The Higher Education Act Just Turned 50. Has It Done What It Was Supposed To?  

The law has helped democratize college in America, and its symbolic value is undeniable. But it hasn’t met Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious vision of college for all.



U.S. to Put New Requirements on Accreditors

The measures seek, in a limited way, to more closely link the agencies to the performance of institutions they accredit. Bigger changes will require cooperation from Congress.


Pell Grants Will Help High-School Students Pay for College Courses

An Education Department pilot program will award up to $20 million to 10,000 low-income students.


Vast Budget Deal, With Good News for Education, Passes the House

The legislation, which is expected to win approval from the Senate and the White House, would provide an additional $40 billion for nondefense spending, including on students and colleges.


U.S. Tightens Restrictions on ITT’s Access to Federal Student Aid

The Education Department imposed the new restrictions after finding that the company had failed to reconcile its student-aid accounts in a timely manner for several years.