Colleges and states have made it easier to transfer academic credit from one college to another, House panel is told.
At a Senate session on preparing workers, college and company leaders weigh a stronger federal role in higher education.
Lawmakers at House hearing agree that industry and government programs should compete, but clash on most everything else.
Teacher education programs, blasted in recent years, seek to show that they're changing and welcome accountability.
A House panel approves bills on graduate and international education, beginning formal work on the massive federal law.
In passing spending measure for student aid and NIH, lawmakers approve permanent end to lender loophole.
Major faculty union objects to statement issued by college groups to respond to David Horowitz.
Republican leader proposes giving borrowers a choice of fixed or variable interest rates, but plan offers few details.
House GOP leaders and Bush administration agree to end 9.5% rate for some loans -- belatedly, Democrats say.
Debate is intense over for-profit colleges, but decisions on many issues are forestalled.
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