Congress/legislation

Assessing College 'Access and Accountability'

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The numbers are bleak and -- for anyone who cares about the vibrancy of the American economy or the importance of an educated citizenry -- deeply worrisome: the United States has fallen to 17th in the world in high school graduation rates and 7th in college-going rates, and is the only industrialized country whose rates are falling.

And perhaps most troubling of all, the rates are lowest among those segments of the American populace that are growing the fastest.

Bush vs. Bankers

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There is no such thing as an offhanded comment from a White House spokesman.

So when Trent Duffy, in explaining Friday that President Bush would seek to bolster the Pell Grant program in part by reducing the subsidies paid to lenders in the student-loan program, called the subsidies "excessive" and described the loan industry as "very profitable," the political winds surrounding the student-loan programs continued to shift.

Headed for the High Court

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Supreme Court will decide long-running dispute over campus access for military recruiters.

Helping Students Move

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Colleges and states have made it easier to transfer academic credit from one college to another, House panel is told.

Columbia Says No, Still, to ROTC

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The university's Senate rejects a proposal urging an end to the three-decade boycott of military reserve program for students.

Animal Rights and 'Eco-Terrorism'

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Perhaps only in the superheated atmosphere of the current conflict over the U.S. Senate's confirmation of judges could a hearing about illegal bombings and arson by animal rights groups turn into a partisan affair.

A Bigger Role for Uncle Sam?

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At a Senate session on preparing workers, college and company leaders weigh a stronger federal role in higher education.

House Endorses Expanded U.S. Research on Stem Cells

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The vote defies Bush, but margin is insufficient to withstand a promised veto.

Campus Fires Draw Congressional Scrutiny

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6 deaths in April prompt gathering of lawmakers and flurry of legislation aimed at encouraging (and challenging) colleges.

Detente, Sort of, on Student Loans

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Lawmakers at House hearing agree that industry and government programs should compete, but clash on most everything else.

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