Education Department

For-profit colleges say U.S. discriminates against them in state authorization

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The U.S. Education Department is applying its state authorization regulation differently to nonprofit and for-profit colleges, in ways that some experts believe is unfair and possibly illegal.

Duncan chides critics of college ratings system, pledges to advance metrics

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Calling lobbyists' reaction to Obama's rating system proposal "premature and more than a little silly," Duncan says Education Department will develop metrics by which colleges will be judged.

Jamienne Studley named to key Education Department post

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Jamienne Studley, former Skidmore president and Education Department lawyer, is named deputy under secretary of education.

New gainful employment proposal would affect more programs with fewer rules

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As Education Department begins new round of deliberations over "gainful employment," its draft language is both simpler and stricter.

Higher ed groups offer suggestions for revamping Higher Education Act

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In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.

Minerva pushing proposal to create new accreditation system

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Proposal circulating on Capitol Hill asks accreditors to create a way for new providers to gain approval more quickly.

U.S. announces rulemaking on gainful employment, state authorization and 'long-term agenda'

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The Education Department gears up to try again on regulations governing vocational programs, and -- building on its recent activity -- hints at broad regulatory agenda in the near future.

Dire predictions and uncertainty as sequester is set to take effect tonight

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Mandatory budget cuts take effect at midnight tonight. While the specific effects of the cuts are still unclear, colleges warn they will be harmful.

Obama calls for more attention to price, value, accreditation in State of the Union

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In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."

Carnegie Foundation considers a redesign for the credit hour

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The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.

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