Federal policy

Fiscal cliff deal averts across-the-board spending cuts

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A last-minute deal in Congress puts off mandatory spending cuts for two months and extends a tax break for college tuition.

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.

Washington pushes protections for veterans

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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.

Colleges open State Department-funded American Cultural Centers in China

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American colleges and the State Department jointly set up "American Cultural Centers" at Chinese universities.

Despite student debt concern, income-based repayment lags

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Despite ever-growing concern about student debt, enrollment lags in federal government programs that tie loan repayment to borrowers' income.

Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit

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Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.

Competency-based education may get a boost

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Competency-based education is poised to spread, with expected backing from the Education Department and new ground charted by Southern New Hampshire University.

Sequester would hit higher education programs hard

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If mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1, many federal higher education programs will lose about 8 percent of their funding.

Pell spending declines despite growth in grant recipients

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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.

Paul Ryan's views and record on higher education

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Romney's running mate is architect of a budget plan that would impose deep cuts on research and financial aid.

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