PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ 2016-02-14T07:41:15-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education U.S. House Backs New Bid to Require ‘National Interest’ Certification for NSF Grants http://chronicle.com/article/US-House-Backs-New-Bid-to/235275 2016-02-11T04:56:20-05:00 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." By Paul Basken What Obama's 2017 Budget Means for Higher Ed http://chronicle.com/article/What-Obamas-2017-Budget-Means/235250 2016-02-10T04:55:00-05:00 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.  By Kelly Field, Paul Basken, and Brock Read Education Dept. Creates ‘Enforcement Unit’ to Police College Wrongdoing http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Creates/235237 2016-02-09T04:55:00-05:00 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. By Kelly Field How Many French-Literature Degrees Is Kentucky Really Paying For? http://chronicle.com/article/How-Many-French-Literature/235192 2016-02-05T04:55:00-05:00 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. By Eric Kelderman What the Education Dept.'s Information-Security Breakdowns Really Mean http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-Education-Depts/235173 2016-02-04T04:55:00-05:00 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. By Kelly Field Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security http://chronicle.com/article/Lawmakers-Roast-the-Education/235149 2016-02-03T04:56:04-05:00 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. By Kelly Field Accreditors Feel the Heat, but Are Torn Over Calls for Change http://chronicle.com/article/Accreditors-Feel-the-Heat-but/235103 2016-01-29T04:56:18-05:00 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. By Eric Kelderman New Book Accuses Education Dept. of Fudging Numbers on Student-Loan Defaults http://chronicle.com/article/New-Book-Accuses-Education/235016 2016-01-22T04:56:00-05:00 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. By Kelly Field You’ve Heard the Debate About Guns on Campus. But What About Stun Guns? http://chronicle.com/article/You-ve-Heard-the-Debate/234959 2016-01-18T04:55:00-05:00 A Georgia lawmaker says he will introduce legislation to allow electroshock weapons on campuses, a "middle ground," he says, for students to protect themselves. By Rio Fernandes Chill on Funding Still Limits Gun-Violence Research http://chronicle.com/article/Chill-on-Funding-Still-Limits/234841 2016-01-08T04:56:11-05:00 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. By Eric Kelderman California’s Community Colleges Can’t Live With Accreditor, Can’t Live Without It http://chronicle.com/article/California-s-Community/234656 2015-12-18T03:55:00-05:00 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. By Eric Kelderman Perkins Loan Program Would Return From the Dead Under Senate Legislation http://chronicle.com/article/Perkins-Loan-Program-Would/234626 2015-12-15T14:47:10-05:00 The bill, which has support from a key Republican lawmaker, would limit eligibility for the program as a way to cover its costs. By Kelly Field 3 Ways the Education Dept. Stands Accused of Mismanaging Student Aid http://chronicle.com/article/3-Ways-the-Education-Dept/234268 2015-11-19T03:47:43-05:00 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. By Kelly Field Agencies’ Finding Eases Path to Debt Relief for Some Corinthian College Students http://chronicle.com/article/Agencies-Finding-Eases-Path/234243 2015-11-17T23:08:00-05:00 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. By Kelly Field Obama Takes Steps to Assure Quality of Education Programs That Recruit Veterans http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-Takes-Steps-to-Assure/234147 2015-11-11T04:53:57-05:00 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. By Kelly Field The Higher Education Act Just Turned 50. Has It Done What It Was Supposed To? http://chronicle.com/article/The-Higher-Education-Act-Just/234110 2015-11-08T04:55:00-05:00 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. By Kelly Field U.S. to Put New Requirements on Accreditors http://chronicle.com/article/US-to-Put-New-Requirements/234082 2015-11-06T04:56:51-05:00 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. By Eric Kelderman Pell Grants Will Help High-School Students Pay for College Courses http://chronicle.com/article/Pell-Grants-Will-Help/233999 2015-10-30T09:01:00-04:00 An Education Department pilot program will award up to $20 million to 10,000 low-income students. By Kelly Field Vast Budget Deal, With Good News for Education, Passes the House http://chronicle.com/article/Vast-Budget-Deal-With-Good/233980 2015-10-28T18:00:12-04:00 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. By Kelly Field U.S. Tightens Restrictions on ITT’s Access to Federal Student Aid http://chronicle.com/article/US-Tightens-Restrictions-on/233830 2015-10-19T22:02:04-04:00 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. By Nick DeSantis and Goldie Blumenstyk