Education Department

Who's In, Who's Out

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Among the main themes to emerge from meetings of the Education Secretary's Commission on the Future of Higher Education: whether students -- and not just the so-called "traditional" ones -- are making sufficient progress toward a degree.

Permissible Preferred Lender Lists

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Education Dept. reviews of colleges where most loans go to one lender reportedly find no problems at Middlebury and Lawrence Tech.

Accountability and the Applicant

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On anniversary of Spellings Commission report, efforts to provide more information to prospective students proliferate.

Community Service Crackdown

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U.S. Education Department turns up heat -- even demanding repayment of funds -- on colleges where fewer than 7 percent of work study money goes to students in community work.

A SMART Move?

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Aid officials say Education Department's new guidance on aid program for science majors makes it even less accessible to students and more difficult to administer.

The Education Department's Activist Agenda

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Education Secretary Margaret Spellings continues to try to counter the twin perceptions of her Education Department as lax on enforcement on the one hand and inappropriately meddling in the affairs of colleges on the other.

Fundamental Differences

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Deliberations of federal advisory panel on accreditation reveal rifts among members on role and rigor of quality assurance system.

The Assessment Craze Knows No Boundaries

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Experts discuss a growing focus on accountability in study abroad, efforts to assess campus internationalization efforts more generally, and where the gaps in research are.

Margaret Spellings' Last Stand

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She appeared for the final time before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to defend President Bush's final education budget. And as farewell receptions go, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings' wasn't particularly warm.

"I don't know what you guys are smoking over there," said Rep. Dennis Rehberg of Montana.

When FERPA Affects IT

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Proposed updates to rules governing the federal student privacy law, released in March, could have implications on procedures involving directories and databases.

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