Federal policy

Shutting Down Open Resources

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A budget proposal for 2012 would block federal money for producing free learning materials if comparable programs already exist.

Cross-State Cooperation

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Reciprocity agreements would make the U.S. government's "state authorization" rule less burdensome for institutions and state agencies, but agreeing on standards could be hard.

Wait and See

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The broad authority of the deficit "super committee," and its secrecy, have presented challenges for college groups hoping to protect student aid, research and other higher ed priorities.

Suddenly Ineligible

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As details emerge on Republican plans to cut Pell Grant spending, many say it could be worse, while community colleges see a "body blow."

Republicans Push Pell Changes

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House's proposed budget for 2012 would keep maximum Pell Grant at $5,550, but change rules so fewer students are eligible. Bill would boost funds for NIH.

Too Many Rules

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A federal panel asking whether Higher Education Act regulations are burdensome got an earful.

Another Change to 'Gainful Employment' Regs

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Proposed rule would ease requirements for approval for new vocational programs.

Senate Budget Would Preserve Pell

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A Senate panel approved an Education Department budget that would sustain the maximum Pell Grant in part by ending subsidized interest during student loans' grace period.

Calculating Costs and Benefits

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New requirement that colleges display "net price calculators" could reshape tuition pricing, financial aid policies and admissions -- or maybe not.

Cutting Back on Kazakh

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Faced with deep cuts to federal funding for foreign languages, some universities are dropping uncommon -- and strategically important -- languages.

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