A last-minute deal in Congress puts off mandatory spending cuts for two months and extends a tax break for college tuition.
The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.
Protections for veterans lead the way in Washington's higher education accountability push, as veterans' groups and college lobbyists, while sometimes at odds, look for common ground.
American colleges and the State Department jointly set up "American Cultural Centers" at Chinese universities.
Despite ever-growing concern about student debt, enrollment lags in federal government programs that tie loan repayment to borrowers' income.
Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.
Competency-based education is poised to spread, with expected backing from the Education Department and new ground charted by Southern New Hampshire University.
If mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1, many federal higher education programs will lose about 8 percent of their funding.
Federal spending on the biggest student grant program surprisingly declines by $2.2 billion, even as numbers of recipients increased. But a sword still hangs over the program.
Romney's running mate is architect of a budget plan that would impose deep cuts on research and financial aid.
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