The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ News :: Administration :: Government Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:52:44 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
<![CDATA[White House Summit on College Opportunity, Take 2: Bigger, Broader, but Still Secretive]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150327/ http://chronicle.com/article/White-House-Summit-on-College/150327/ When college leaders convene this Thursday, they’ll notice several changes from January’s inaugural gathering.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:55:54 EST
<![CDATA[New Rules Would Judge Teacher-Prep Programs on Job Placements and Student Learning]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150263/ http://chronicle.com/article/New-Rules-Would-Judge/150263/ The Obama administration has long accused the programs of doing a "mediocre job." But advocates for teachers and colleges say the rules will punish some programs unfairly.

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:55:02 EST
<![CDATA[Senate Democrats’ Bill to Renew Higher Education Act: Many Ideas, Little Hope of Passing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150175/ http://chronicle.com/article/Senate-Democrats-Bill-to/150175/ The legislation, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin just over a month before his retirement, lays out the priorities of a party that’s about to find itself in the minority in the Senate.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:55:53 EST
<![CDATA[How Obama’s Action on Immigration Will Affect Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150171/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Obama-s-Action-on/150171/ The president’s decision to extend limited legal status to up to five million immigrants, announced Thursday night, will open college doors to many people.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:55:42 EST
<![CDATA[On College Accountability, Will Education Dept. Blink Again?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150157/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-College-Accountability/150157/ Colleges are worried about President Obama’s promise to roll out ratings this fall. But if recent history is any guide, they needn’t be so nervous.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Plight of the Public Regional College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150127/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Plight-of-the-Public/150127/ In several states, faculty members and administrators are at odds over strategic planning at institutions pinched by hard realities.

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:56:43 EST
<![CDATA[Lawsuits Against Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill Urge an End to Race-Conscious Admissions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150113/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lawsuits-Against-Harvard-and/150113/ The complaints stand out from previous challenges because of their focus on Asian-Americans as alleged victims of bias, and in their attacks on other admissions preferences.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:53:41 EST
<![CDATA[How a No-Brainer Became One of the Most Hated College Regulations]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150061/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-a-No-Brainer-Became-One-of/150061/ It’s a simple idea: When students withdraw, their federal aid should go back to the government. In practice, it’s not so easy.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Perkins Program, Explained in 5 Fast Facts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150021/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Perkins-Program-Explained/150021/ Here’s a quick statistical tour of the longstanding federal student-loan program.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Is This the End of the Line for Perkins Loans?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150045/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-This-the-End-of-the-Line/150045/ For years, presidents have tried to kill or overhaul America’s oldest federal student-loan program. A world without it now seems possible.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[Are We Forgiving Too Much Student-Loan Debt?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149883/ http://chronicle.com/article/Are-We-Forgiving-Too-Much/149883/ It depends on whom you ask. Critics of a program that will soon start paying out fear an overborrowing epidemic, but not everyone’s as worried.

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[For-Profit Colleges Sue Again Over Federal Gainful-Employment Rule]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149871/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Profit-Colleges-Sue-Again/149871/ Their trade group hopes to overturn the newly revised regulation, a centerpiece of President Obama’s college-accountability agenda.

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[In One Election Cycle, Congress Loses a Number of Higher-Ed Stalwarts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149835/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-One-Election-Cycle/149835/ Through a combination of looming retirements and electoral defeats, both the House and Senate education committees will soon look quite different.

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Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:54:51 EST
<![CDATA[What the Midterm Elections Mean for Academe]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149827/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-Midterm-Elections/149827/ A Republican wave tipped control of the Senate and cast doubt on President Obama's accountability agenda.

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Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:54:00 EST