Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

Maintain State Spending. Or Else.

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Policy makers lobby against a Higher Education Act provision that would withhold some federal funds from states that don't sustain college appropriations.

Emerging Higher Ed Act Compromise

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With lawmakers still aiming for May finish, draft bill circulates with abundant reporting requirements and key issues -- on textbooks, state mandates and minority graduate aid -- left unresolved.

'Last Bite at the Apple' on Accreditation?

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A year after Education Secretary Margaret Spellings abandoned plans to propose new federal rules governing higher education accreditation, under heavy pressure from members of Congress, the Education Department is reportedly contemplating issuing such regulations when legislation to renew the Higher Education Act becomes law. That possibility is being met with astonishment by college leaders and many on Capitol Hill, who describe it as both practically difficult and politically foolhardy.

7 Years, 1,158 Pages ... and Almost Done

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House-Senate panel reaches agreement on compromise legislation to renew the Higher Education Act, prompting more relief than satisfaction.

Emergency Overload

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Weeks after enacting law requiring colleges to develop emergency response plans, Congress prepares to pass bill requiring colleges to develop emergency response plans.

Margaret Spellings Looks Back

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In podcast interview, education secretary assesses her legacy, seeing progress in elevating higher ed issues on the national agenda but broad failure to confront the problems.

Politicians Praise and Pressure Colleges

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Despite promise of stimulus package, U.S. education secretary and key Republican senator tell higher ed leaders that they must change -- possibly to avoid fate of U.S. auto industry.

Back to Normal (Read: Boring)

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Unlike (relative) drama of 2007 negotiations over accreditation, panel now debating changes in federal rules focuses on the mostly mundane.

Delay for Loan Auction, Help for Borrowers

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Bill to correct Higher Education Act errors would make several substantive changes, including putting off controversial bidding process for federal parent loans.

Don't Bank on It

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Taseen Peterson is a portrait of the recession. A single father who worked as a loan officer in the mortgage industry, Peterson decided to go back to school as the real estate market dried up, figuring he’d ride out the downturn in college and come out the other end with a credential that would get him a higher paying job.

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