The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ News :: Administration :: Government Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:04 EDT <![CDATA[House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147891/ http://chronicle.com/article/House-Approves-2-Bills-Toward/147891/ The legislation, which covers competency-based education and government data for prospective students, faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147865/ http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Will-Test-Use/147865/ In a new round of "experimental sites," participating colleges may award federal aid for competency-based programs and prior-learning assessments, among others.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:55:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147841/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sweeping-Change-Is-in-the/147841/ In a plan to be released on Tuesday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will lay out a "job-driven checklist" for colleges and other applicants for $1.4-billion in grants.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:55:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147829/ http://chronicle.com/article/Fafsa-Fix-Will-Mean-Less-Aid/147829/ The Education Department is reprocessing the student-aid applications of 200,000 who inadvertently reported too much income. But it’s not working out in their favor.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[U. of Texas Flagship’s Use of Race in Admissions Can Stand, Court Rules]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147737/ http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Texas-Flagship-s-Use/147737/ In a review ordered by the Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit judges split in favor of the affirmative-action policy.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Illinois Sues 2 Student-Loan Debt-Relief Firms]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147703/ http://chronicle.com/article/Illinois-Sues-2-Student-Loan/147703/ The lawsuits accuse the companies of preying on struggling borrowers, charging fees to enroll them in free government programs.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Report Faults Education Dept.'s Oversight of Debt-Collection Firms It Hires]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147705/ http://chronicle.com/article/Report-Faults-Education/147705/ The department fails to effectively monitor borrowers’ complaints about companies under contract to collect on defaulted federal student loans, an audit finds.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[States Give Slightly More Money to Higher Education, Raising Expectations]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147499/ http://chronicle.com/article/States-Give-Slightly-More/147499/ Policy makers have embraced the idea that an increase in college graduates will fuel a better economy for their states. But strings are attached to the modest generosity.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Passing 3 Bills, House Panel Takes First Step to Renew Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147643/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Passing-3-Bills-House/147643/ The legislation would promote competency-based education, expand financial counseling for student-loan borrowers, and streamline data provided to prospective students.

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:05:07 EDT
<![CDATA[Problem With Online Fafsa Makes Some Low-Income Filers Look Like Millionaires]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147491/ http://chronicle.com/article/Problem-With-Online-Fafsa/147491/ At least 165,000 applicants have overlooked a decimal point, reporting their incomes as much higher and thus limiting their aid options.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:50:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As Stricter Default Standard Looms, Community Colleges Brace for Impacts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147485/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-Stricter-Default-Standard/147485/ With eligibility for federal student aid on the line, administrators are scrambling to reduce their default rates.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:58:34 EDT
<![CDATA[Vendors Vie for a Piece of the Default-Management Pie]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147483/ http://chronicle.com/article/Vendors-Vie-for-a-Piece-of-the/147483/ Helping colleges keep their student-loan default rates down has been a growth industry in recent years.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:58:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Let’s Shrink the Fafsa, Senator Tells Financial-Aid Officers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147453/ http://chronicle.com/article/Let-s-Shrink-the-Fafsa/147453/ To a sometimes skeptical audience, Lamar Alexander recommends postcard size, with just two questions.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Student-Aid Leaders Call for Alternatives to Obama’s College-Rating System]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147455/ http://chronicle.com/article/Student-Aid-Leaders-Call-for/147455/ One proposal would evaluate colleges based on how well they educate needy students—and "create a little public embarrassment" for those that don’t.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:55:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Critics Assail Government's Response to Student-Aid Fraud]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147409/ http://chronicle.com/article/Critics-Assail-Governments/147409/ Distance-education programs are particularly vulnerable, because many aid applicants never appear in person.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Proposals by House Republicans Seek to Ease College-Application Process]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147397/ http://chronicle.com/article/Proposals-by-House-Republicans/147397/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:55:15 EDT <![CDATA[Key U.S. Official Wants to Ease Accreditors' Compliance-Monitoring Role]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147383/ http://chronicle.com/article/Key-US-Official-Wants-to/147383/ Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education, says much of that work might more appropriately belong to the state and federal governments.

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:59:28 EDT
<![CDATA[5 Key Areas of the Senate Democrats’ Bill to Renew the Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147381/ http://chronicle.com/article/5-Key-Areas-of-the-Senate/147381/ The 785-page legislation reveals what the Democrats plan to push for in negotiations with House Republicans.

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 04:55:41 EDT
<![CDATA[House and Senate Offer Different Visions for Renewal of Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147347/ http://chronicle.com/article/HouseSenate-Offer/147347/ Republicans and Democrats each present plans to reauthorize the key law, with many similar goals but conflicting means to achieve them.

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Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:55:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Federal Crackdown Puts Corinthian Colleges’ Future in Doubt]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147285/ http://chronicle.com/article/Federal-Crackdown-Puts/147285/ New scrutiny on federal payments to Corinthian’s campuses adds to the company’s financial problems and prompts it to warn that it may be forced to close.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:59:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Fixing the Fafsa, a Popular Idea, Makes Its Way to Congress]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147281/ http://chronicle.com/article/Fixing-the-Fafsa-a-Popular/147281/ Calls for simplifying the application for federal student aid are not new. Now two senators are seeking to legislate it.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:57:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Panel Considers Bolder Proposals for Reshaping Accreditation]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147283/ http://chronicle.com/article/Panel-Considers-Bolder/147283/ Two years ago, an advisory committee suggested mostly minor changes. Now it’s asking bigger questions, including whether accreditors should remain the gatekeepers for federal student aid.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:56:12 EDT
<![CDATA[Federal Panel Hears Calls for Major Changes in Accreditation Process]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147243/ http://chronicle.com/article/Federal-Panel-Hears-Calls-for/147243/ Higher-education experts told a committee that advises the education secretary on accreditation issues that the system needs a major overhaul, not just tweaks.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:56:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Senate Bill to Renew Higher Education Act Is Democrats’ Wish List]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147241/ http://chronicle.com/article/Senate-Bill-to-Renew-Higher/147241/ It would create a unit-record system, broaden refinancing of student-loan debt, and reverse cuts in Pell Grants.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:55:35 EDT
<![CDATA[Financial-Aid Administrators to Scrutinize Student-Loan Servicers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147201/ http://chronicle.com/article/Financial-Aid-Administrators/147201/ A 10-member task force will focus on improving the Education Department’s loan-servicing contracts and ensuring consistency in servicing practices.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:25:27 EDT
<![CDATA[Online-Learning Groups Warn Against Federal Action on ‘State Authorization’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147147/ http://chronicle.com/article/Online-Learning-Groups-Warn/147147/ A letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the department’s proposal to toughen regulations could hurt students instead of helping them.

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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:55:24 EDT