The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ News :: Administration :: Government Tue, 26 May 2015 11:48:01 EDT <![CDATA[Education Dept. Readies Debt-Forgiveness Plan for Ex-Corinthian Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230269/ http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Readies/230269/ Consumer groups push for blanket relief, but the agency, wary of setting a potentially costly precedent, leans toward an individualized process.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As Scrutiny Intensifies, For-Profit Colleges Face Threats on Several Fronts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230215/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-Scrutiny-Intensifies/230215/ The institutions now count President Obama, the Department of Education, congressmen, state attorneys general, and several government agencies among their critics.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As Concern Over Student-Loan Servicers Grows, a Watchdog Steps Up Scrutiny]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230161/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-Concern-Over-Student-Loan/230161/ The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been monitoring the companies since last March, will seek more information on how they are serving borrowers.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 04:55:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Revisions Make a Key Loan-Repayment Plan More Inclusive, Yet More Targeted]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229861/ http://chronicle.com/article/Revisions-Make-a-Key/229861/ Negotiators hope an updated version of "Pay as You Earn" will help borrowers and keep the program from disproportionately benefiting graduate students.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 04:55:34 EDT
<![CDATA[Conservative Think Tank Puts Pressure on North Carolina’s Colleges]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229837/ http://chronicle.com/article/Conservative-Think-Tank-Puts/229837/ The influence of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education appears to be growing in the Republican-led state.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Republicans Agree on Spending Plan That Could Cut Student-Aid Money]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229863/ http://chronicle.com/article/Republicans-Agree-on-Spending/229863/ The resolution would make all of the Pell Grant program’s budget discretionary, a step that some groups say could lead to cuts in the maximum grant. Some student-loan benefits could also be vulnerable.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 04:44:36 EDT
<![CDATA[A Higher-Ed Guide to 4 Presidential Contenders]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229411/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Higher-Ed-Guide-to-4/229411/ U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, and Hillary Clinton have announced their candidacies. Here’s where they stand on issues of concern to colleges.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:57:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Support for Overhauling Accreditation Raises Hard Questions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229237/ http://chronicle.com/article/Support-for-Overhauling/229237/ Bold ideas — like removing accreditors as gatekeepers of federal student aid — have been proposed before. This time may be different.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[Where 3 Accountability Measures Meet, a Hazardous Intersection]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229195/ http://chronicle.com/article/Where-3-Accountability/229195/ Twenty-six institutions show up on three warning systems the Education Department uses to identify troubled colleges. What does that tell us?

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Thousands Fall Out of Income-Based Repayment Plans]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229031/ http://chronicle.com/article/Thousands-Fall-Out-of/229031/ Nearly 60 percent of borrowers in the programs are being kicked out because they're not providing proof of their income on time.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[‘Risk Sharing’ Is All the Rage. Is It a Good Idea?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228987/ http://chronicle.com/article/Risk-Sharing-Is-All-the/228987/ Lawmakers want to make colleges bear some of the cost when students default on their federal loans. But not everyone is a fan of the concept.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:55:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Video: A Senator Pushes to Improve Data on Graduates’ Earnings]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228977/ http://chronicle.com/article/Video-A-Senator-Pushes-to/228977/ U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden describes a plan to build a system that can tell prospective students how much they are likely to earn with a degree from a particular program.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Dept. Names More Than 550 Colleges It Has Put Under Extra Financial Scrutiny]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228957/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dept-Names-More-Than-550/228957/ "Heightened cash monitoring" requires institutions to pay federal loans and grants out to students before being reimbursed by the Education Department.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Many Teach Grants Turn Into Loans; Report Asks Department to Find Out Why]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228839/ http://chronicle.com/article/Many-Teach-Grants-Turn-Into/228839/ The program offers loan forgiveness to prospective teachers who meet certain criteria after graduation. For more than a third of grantees so far, says a new report, that hasn’t worked out.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:55:17 EDT
<![CDATA[In 3 Reports, Senate Republicans Hint at Higher-Ed Agenda]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228715/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-3-Reports-Senate/228715/ Reform-minded senators raised the prospect of significant changes in how accreditation works, how student outcomes are tracked, and how to keep student-loan borrowers from defaulting.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Student-Loan Crusader Who Won't Stop Fighting]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228561/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Student-Loan-Crusader-Who/228561/ His rhetoric is controversial and his coffers are nearly empty. But Alan Collinge has a legion of supporters, and he’s taking his campaign to Capitol Hill.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:54:38 EDT
<![CDATA[House Republicans Would Slow Spending on Pell Grants to Help Balance Budget]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228555/ http://chronicle.com/article/House-Republicans-Would-Slow/228555/ The maximum grant would be frozen for 10 years, and some recent expansions of the program would be rolled back, under a blueprint released on Tuesday.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:20:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Education Dept. Considers Creating Not 1 but 2 College-Ratings Systems]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228531/ http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Considers/228531/ The first would be geared toward consumers, and the second would cater to policy makers and researchers, an official said.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:18:32 EDT
<![CDATA[What Obama’s ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’ Will — and Won’t — Do]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228391/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Obama-s-Student-Aid/228391/ It could provide real assistance to some borrowers. But don’t expect it to remake the way loan debt is handled.

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Obama to Expand Protections for Student-Loan Borrowers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228353/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-to-Expand-Protections/228353/ A presidential order directs the Education Department and other agencies to make it easier for borrowers to get information or lodge complaints.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:59:59 EDT
<![CDATA[158 Private Colleges Fail Government’s Financial-Responsibility Test]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228277/ http://chronicle.com/article/158-Private-Colleges-Fail/228277/ The latest figures, for the 2012-13 academic year, show an improvement from the previous year, when 168 institutions had scores below passing on the controversial test.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:56:49 EST
<![CDATA[A Community College Contemplates a Future Without State Money]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228273/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Community-College/228273/ Arizona's governor has proposed a budget slashing all funding for three of the state's two-year colleges. Here's how one chancellor is grappling with getting "zeroed out."

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Republican Governors' Shared Goals for Higher Ed: Accountability and Work-Force Preparation]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228227/ http://chronicle.com/article/Republican-Governors-Shared/228227/ GOP leaders might not be on the same page when it comes to public-college funding, but most of them agree on some key ideas.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[How the Pressure on Public Colleges Plays Out in One State]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228121/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-the-Pressure-on-Public/228121/ Tuition is mostly on the rise. State support generally heads the other way. A new report looks at how those trends have affected educational goals and outcomes in Virginia.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:56:32 EST
<![CDATA[Chancellors Urge Congress to Ease Costly Rules on Colleges]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190347/ http://chronicle.com/article/Chancellors-Urge-Congress-to/190347/ The Senate education committee’s Republican chair is eager to reduce the "staggering" toll, but Democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates call for a cautious approach to regulatory relief.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Is Obama's ‘Pay as You Earn’ Plan Too Costly?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/190307/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Obamas-Pay-as-You/190307/ The question looms as negotiators gather to hash out a plan to expand the most-generous federal student-loan repayment option to more borrowers.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:55:54 EST