Barnard announces criteria for evaluating fossil fuel companies' investment worthiness

Barnard unveils criteria it will use to evaluate whether a fossil fuel company is a good or bad actor worthy of its investment. An emphasis is on climate science.

House GOP higher education overhaul would cap graduate lending and end loan-forgiveness benefit

As Republicans in Congress look to change course on graduate lending policies, some higher education groups warn about limiting access and tougher paths to service-oriented careers.

Colby College's fund-raising campaign goes public quickly

Colby took a campaign public after just a year in the silent phase, and it hasn’t emphasized its end date. That strategy reflects changes in what colleges hope to accomplish and whom they hope to reach with large fund-raising efforts.

Tax bill with key implications for colleges clears Senate

Legislation would tax largest private college endowments, create new cost burdens for business unrelated to educational mission and could put new strains on state budgets that fund public universities.

Republican bill would reshape how colleges are held accountable

While for-profits get the relief they’ve long clamored for, the GOP’s proposed overhaul of the Higher Education Act would add performance-funding standards for most colleges.

Spate of recent college closures has some seeing long-predicted consolidation taking off

Recent closures make it more likely a trend of private college consolidation has started. Institutions feeling particular pressure are small colleges, those in the Midwest and Roman Catholic institutions located away from Catholic population centers.

Senate tax bill has some but not all provisions that alarmed higher education leaders in House bill

Tax on wealthy private college endowments is included. Deductions for state and local taxes -- viewed as essential by public higher ed -- would be killed. Some other provisions of House bill opposed by colleges are not included.

State higher ed leaders call for better coordination on tuition

States lack coordination and clarity, according to survey finding more than two-thirds of respondents reported no unified approach to address affordability.

Excise taxes on colleges spark criticism but may signal a tough future for higher ed

Republican tax plan would cut off key source of borrowing and impose new taxes on wealthy institutions. Some see historic shift in view of elite universities from a public good worthy of sheltering from taxes to a source of funds for government.

GOP tax overhaul would eliminate tax breaks used by colleges and students

Republican tax reform plan would tax large endowments and limit or kill key deductions, including one for student loan interest and another for graduate students.


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