Education Department to present plan that would simplify aid form, shrink number of aid programs, and base award size on family income and average price of 2-year college.
College and student groups balk at proposal by Education Dept.'s inspector general to collect in a central database (and potentially share) massive amounts of personal information.
Robert Shireman, who aided in Obama transition but demurred on joining administration, takes temporary post advising new U.S. education secretary on higher ed policy.
Martha Kanter, chancellor of California's Foothill-De Anza district, is President Obama's nominee to be federal under secretary of education.
In move anticipated by many campus leaders, and feared by lenders and for-profit colleges, Shireman is named to key Education Department role.
Minority serving colleges jeer Obama administration's plan to let temporary funding lapse, calling it "missed opportunity." But isn't "one time" money supposed to end?
In stark contrast to 2007, federal negotiations over accreditation rules end in accord, overcoming dispute over student learning outcomes that might have derailed the proceeding.
Education Department tries again to allay concerns that it is taking regulatory aim at career institutions, amid accusations that stock prospectors are sowing uncertainty.
As the federal government prepares to reconstitute its advisory committee on quality assurance, Inside Higher Ed solicits suggestions on the panel's charge and composition.
Education Department office for resolving disputes is staffed by company that also does loan collections for the agency, a potential conflict that troubles student borrowers.
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