Congress/legislation

GAO releases new investigation of for-profit colleges

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The government investigator releases a potentially damaging investigation of for-profits, but its impact may be lessened because of a flawed previous investigation.

Spending cuts loom due to supercommittee failure

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The Congressional "super committee" announced Monday that it could not agree on deficit reduction, setting the stage for automatic spending cuts in 2013.

Obama proposes changes to student loan programs

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Obama proposes changing income-based repayment and pushing students to consolidate their loans -- part of a campaign to work around lawmakers.

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.

Serving Soldiers?

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The U.S. Senate is flirting with policies that could harm for-profit colleges' success with veterans and active-duty military students.

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.

Fighting the Non-University Master's

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate bill that would encourage the growth of alternative training programs for teachers and principals, some of which would not be based at colleges or universities but would have the authority to give certificates considered the equivalent of master’s degrees, has come under fire from higher education organizations that argue Congress should focus on higher education institutions in efforts to improve teacher quality.

For-Profit Debate Redux

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Senate roundtable features continued criticism of the sector -- and continued pushback against more regulation.

Going After 'Gainful'

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WASHINGTON -- Weeks after the U.S. Education Department issued softened regulations designed to ensure that vocational programs prepare graduates for "gainful employment," House Republicans made abundantly clear Friday that, in their view, the rules had not been eased nearly enough, and that they would continue to oppose them.

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