Congress/legislation

Higher Ed's Election Day Showdowns

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Three years after the University of Michigan won approval from the U.S. Supreme Court to use affirmative action (in some forms) in college admissions, voters in Michigan could strip the institution of the right to consider race when admitting students.

Colleges and the New Congress (Updated)

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Democrats expected to push hard for more aid for students -- but unlikely to ease up on higher education accountability.

Putting the 'Lame' in Lame Duck Session

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There is no shortage of higher education issues on Congress's agenda, chief among them renewal of the Higher Education Act, the law that governs most federal student aid and other college programs, and the possible extension of several higher education tax breaks.

But as lawmakers get back to business this week for what little remains of the 109th Congress, it seems increasingly likely that they will do as little as possible, focusing almost exclusively on the spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating.

IPEDS on Steroids

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With "unit records" database in doubt, Education Department explores huge expansion of core system for tracking colleges and students.

Tuition Tax Break Extended

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109th Congress's final bill renews tax deduction for college expenses through 2007.

An Outline with Few Details

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Incoming chair of House education committee addresses -- quite generally -- higher ed issues for the year ahead.

Are Students Getting SMART?

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Early numbers suggest students are receiving new federal grants, but officials on many campuses ask if aid is serving needy.

Democrats Plan Evolves (and Narrows)

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Student loan interest rate cut to be early steps of new Congress -- but will apply only to subsidized loans for undergrads.

Digging Deeper Into Lender Profits

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Congressional Democrats plan additional cuts to lender subsidies to pay for proposed reduction in student loan interest rate.

Change in Direction for Career Colleges

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In new leader, lobbying group for for-profit institutions likely to choose someone who can work well with nonprofit sector.

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