With legislative picture muddied by Katrina, Senate panel makes fast work of its version of key bill.
At long-planned conference, a new issue emerges, informally, on the agenda.
Higher education groups pan Senate proposal to use savings from Higher Ed Act to pay for Katrina recovery.
AAUP endorsed statement on academic responsibilities, but comes out against including it in key federal bill.
Initial federal proposals for post-Katrina relief provide comparatively little for colleges and students.
Study finds that provision on prior convictions of college students withholds $150 million in Pell Grants and loans each year.
Education committee's bill to cut deficit and extend Higher Ed Act would provide extra $2.5 billion to new grant programs.
GAO backs Republican plans that would make it easier -- too easy, some fear -- to transfer credits among institutions.
Amid latest steps in this year's complex budget battle, college leaders go on the offensive.
They argued about numbers. They debated definitions. They challenged each other's "facts."
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