The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ News :: Administration :: Government Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:54:53 EST <![CDATA[Who’s Saving for College in 529 Plans?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151347/ http://chronicle.com/article/Who-s-Saving-for-College-in/151347/ The accounts have been characterized as both a reward for middle-class Americans and a tax break for the wealthy. Here's a look at who actually benefits.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:56:00 EST
<![CDATA[On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151469/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-529-Plans-Obama-Is/151469/ The president’s swift reversal on a proposal to roll back tax breaks for college-savings accounts demonstrates the power of that income demographic.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Bid to Hold Teacher Colleges Accountable Stirs a Debate Over Race]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151409/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bid-to-Hold-Teacher-Colleges/151409/ Educators worry that a proposed federal rule would discourage colleges from sending their graduates into high-need districts that serve minority students.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:56:00 EST
<![CDATA[Where Free-Community-College Plans May Prosper: In the States]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151357/ http://chronicle.com/article/Where-Free-Community-College/151357/ President Obama’s proposal seems doomed in a Republican-led Congress. That hasn’t stopped advocates from pushing the idea in their own communities.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:56:54 EST
<![CDATA[Obama Presses for Free Community College and Tax Reform]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151319/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-Presses-for-Free/151319/ The president emphasized both ideas in a State of the Union address that focused on jobs and the economy.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151303/ http://chronicle.com/article/6-Years-in6-to-Go-Only/151303/ The chance that the United States will lead the world by 2020 seems small. But that doesn’t mean the president’s ambitious talk was for naught.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:55:50 EST
<![CDATA[State Spending on Higher Education Inches Up, but Fiscal Pitfalls Remain]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151251/ http://chronicle.com/article/State-Spending-on-Higher/151251/ Four out of five states increased their higher-education spending in the past fiscal year. But many of them are still appropriating less than they were five years ago.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[What the President’s Tax Proposal Would Mean for Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151297/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-President-s-Tax/151297/ The plan would provide a way to pay for the Obama administration’s free-community-college proposal and would streamline higher-education tax breaks.

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:53:01 EST
<![CDATA[More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151183/ http://chronicle.com/article/More-States-Tie-Money-to/151183/ A new study suggests that performance-based funding doesn’t actually improve student retention and completion.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:55:49 EST
<![CDATA[Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher-Ed Acts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151151/ http://chronicle.com/article/Free-College-Plan-Evokes/151151/ The president's proposal marks a milestone in the debate over whether college is a private benefit or a public good.

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:39:54 EST
<![CDATA[Who Has a Stake in Obama’s Free Community-College Plan?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151131/ http://chronicle.com/article/Who-Has-a-Stake-in-Obama-s/151131/ It’s not just the community colleges themselves. Many other types of institutions have a stake in the proposal.

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:55:12 EST
<![CDATA[Obama Proposes Free Community College for Millions of Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151097/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-Proposes-Free-Community/151097/ The plan carries an unspecified price tag, but the federal government would pay about three-fourths of the costs.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 23:04:00 EST
<![CDATA[Obama Puts Tennessee’s Free-College Plan on a National Stage]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151081/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-Puts-Tennessee-s/151081/ Tennessee's plan will cover community-college tuition for the state’s graduating high-school seniors. The president's visit could give the idea momentum.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 04:56:43 EST
<![CDATA[5 Things Colleges Can Expect From Congress in 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151009/ http://chronicle.com/article/5-Things-Colleges-Can-Expect/151009/ Budgets will remain tight, and gridlock is likely to worsen. But federal student aid could see some changes, as both parties have embraced calls to simplify the system.

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:55:55 EST
<![CDATA[More Metrics, More Problems: Breaking Down Obama’s College-Ratings Plan]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150945/ http://chronicle.com/article/More-Metrics-More-Problems-/150945/ The controversy over the ratings is unlikely to subside. Here’s a guide to 11 metrics that could make the cut—and one that won’t.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:15 EST
<![CDATA[Obama’s College-Ratings Plan Arrives, but Most Specifics Stay Behind]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150939/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-s-College-Ratings-Plan/150939/ A "framework" for the plan lists measures that could factor into the final ratings but leaves key questions unanswered.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:58:00 EST
<![CDATA[How the College-Ratings Plan Came About]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150935/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-the-College-Ratings-Plan/150935/ A timeline details the development of the proposal over the last 16 months.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:55:31 EST
<![CDATA[2 Takes on Student-Loan Defaults: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150925/ http://chronicle.com/article/2-Takes-on-Student-Loan/150925/ The Education Department’s latest data say that more borrowers are taking steps to manage their debt. But forbearances and defaults are continuing to climb.

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Spending Bill Holds Scant, if Any, Increases for Education and Research]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150875/ http://chronicle.com/article/Spending-Bill-Holds-Scant-if/150875/ "We’re going to lose more ground," the director of the National Institutes of Health said of the small gain for his agency in the bill, which won final passage on Saturday.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:57:35 EST
<![CDATA[Watchdog Agency Cracks Down on Student-Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150813/ http://chronicle.com/article/Watchdog-Agency-Cracks-Down-on/150813/ The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed complaints against two firms, accusing them of taking advantage of troubled borrowers.

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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:56:18 EST
<![CDATA[Many Colleges Fail to Report Deals With Student-Aid Contractors]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150757/ http://chronicle.com/article/Many-Colleges-Fail-to-Report/150757/ Because a "significant number" of colleges aren’t following federal rules, the Education Department is looking for ways to improve its oversight.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Compromise Bill Would Keep Education Spending Mostly Flat for Rest of Fiscal Year]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150765/ http://chronicle.com/article/Compromise-Bill-Would-Keep/150765/ The measure, which would finance most of the federal government through next September, would largely preserve student aid but take a bite from Pell Grant funds.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[2 NSF Grants That Have Drawn Republican Scrutiny]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150445/ http://chronicle.com/article/2-NSF-Grants-That-Have-Drawn/150445/ Congressional researchers might have done due diligence by contacting the scientists. But they didn’t.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[What Do House Republicans Want From the NSF?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150431/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Do-House-Republicans-Want/150431/ A House committee has been pressuring the agency to justify some of its grants. Members now say they just want the NSF to better explain its awards.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[At the White House Summit, 3 Things That Worked—and 2 That Didn’t]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150417/ http://chronicle.com/article/At-the-White-House-Summit-3/150417/ Thursday’s event was more productive than the first such summit, several higher-education leaders who attended said, but they still saw room for improvement.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 04:51:19 EST
<![CDATA[6 Months on the Job, Top U.S. Higher-Education Official Defends Moves to Protect Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150359/ http://chronicle.com/article/6-Months-on-the-Job-Top-US/150359/ Ted Mitchell talks about the imminent rollout of a college-ratings system, the new Republican majority in Congress, and the controversial buyer of Corinthian campuses.

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:55:19 EST