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Higher education braces for a government shutdown and more fiscal fights

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Higher education likely to feel only mild effects from possible government shutdown next week, but advocates for colleges are bracing for larger funding battles.

Duncan chides critics of college ratings system, pledges to advance metrics

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Calling lobbyists' reaction to Obama's rating system proposal "premature and more than a little silly," Duncan says Education Department will develop metrics by which colleges will be judged.

Jamienne Studley named to key Education Department post

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Jamienne Studley, former Skidmore president and Education Department lawyer, is named deputy under secretary of education.

Senate education committee begins process to reauthorization Higher Education Act

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Sen. Tom Harkin says he'd like to see a draft of a new Higher Education Act by early next year -- but it's unclear how realistic that goal is as lawmakers clash over how the federal government should regulate college affordability. 

Small private colleges steeply cut their sticker price, but will it drive down college costs?

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Small private colleges cut their sticker price in an effort not to scare away middle-class students. But will it work or hurt? Will anyone really save much money?

Congressional study explores costs of and possible changes to Pell program

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Congressional study explains why primary need-based-aid program ballooned in cost and explores how possible policy changes would affect spending -- and students.

In new book, California union president says public colleges can be free

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Change everything about how higher ed is funded and public colleges can offer free tuition, a new book argues.

Obama speaks directly on for-profit higher education, noting concerns on sector

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President, in direct remarks on the sector, notes concerns that some institutions "make out like a bandit," but calls for more scrutiny of colleges across the board.

President Obama calls for cutting a year off of law school

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President Obama endorses idea that legal education is too expensive and too long.

For higher ed 'reformers,' Obama speech was welcome attention

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For colleges and other organizations promoting alternative paths to degrees, the president's speech was validation they have wanted.

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