Congress/legislation

Resistance on Debt Proposal

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Panel balks at Education Department's draft rule introducing a loan-to-income ratio targeting high-priced, low-payoff programs.

Taking Aim at Diploma Mills

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Bipartisan legislation would define dubious institutions (and the agencies that accredit them), bar use of phony degrees in federal hiring and promotion, and strengthen Federal Trade Commission enforcement.

Credit Cards and Campuses

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As federal law takes effect Monday, students will earn significant new protections, and colleges face several new requirements.

Unwelcome 'Help' from the Feds

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WASHINGTON -- These have not been times of peace, love and understanding between the federal government and higher education accreditors. For several years now, spanning two presidential administrations, the agencies charged with assuring that colleges meet an acceptable level of quality have felt buffeted by shifting, escalating and, in their view, sometimes inappropriate demands from federal policy makers.

Crunch Time for 2-Year Colleges

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Advocates argue that time is of the essence for the American Graduation Initiative and officials need to withhold criticism to help get the bill passed.

Hope Amid Disappointment

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As $12 billion graduation initiative appears to slip away, community college leaders focus on the benefits of a year in the spotlight – and look to the future.

Health Care and Higher Ed

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What the new legislation means for students, campus health centers and medical schools.

Moving the Cliff

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As state legislators around the country craft their budgets for the 2011 fiscal year, public college officials are afraid that they are about to be thrown off "the cliff" -- the steep drop in available funds once the tens of billions of dollars that the federal government made available through last year's economic recovery legislation run out.

Pushback on Gainful Employment

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WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to finish revising regulations intended to weed out abuses of the federal financial aid system, for-profit higher education’s major advocacy group has chosen to push back.

Going Ahead With Gainful Employment

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WASHINGTON -- A long recession and a wavering job market have brought for-profit higher education institutions into the public eye as never before. Big advertising budgets have given them name recognition. Dramatic enrollment growth (fueled by increasing amounts of federal financial aid) and assurances to students that a degree or certificate is the path to a comfortable job in a specific field have brought them scrutiny.

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