House approves bills on competency-based education, college information site

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Taking its first votes on renewing the key higher education law, House lawmakers unanimously approve legislation to boost federal support of competency-based education. But full reauthorization remains far off.

House committee approves three bills to rewrite Higher Education Act

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The House education committee approved three bipartisan bills aimed at rewriting the Higher Education Act -- but Democrats said they don't go far enough to address pressing student debt problems. 

McCaskill says her survey shows colleges 'falling short' on dealing with sex assaults

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In releasing the results of her much-anticipated campus sexual assault survey, Senator Claire McCaskill says that colleges are "falling short" on dealing with the problem -- particularly when it comes to athletes. 

In shadow of NCAA lawsuits, colleges create new policies to address athlete rights

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Big-time college sports programs are competing to offer more to their athletes. Are they creating more gender inequity at the same time?

Arne Duncan talks about ratings and student debt in expansive interview

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In expansive interview about higher ed, the education secretary differentiates about dangers of varying degrees of student debt and suggests colleges might be rated based on whether they improve or not.

Education Department updates its rankings of the most costly colleges

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Education Department updates its list of the most and least expensive colleges in the country -- a requirement of the Higher Education Act that some would like to see eliminated. 

Higher Education Act proposals portend partisan clashes over accountability

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As House Republicans and a senior Senate Democrat release their plans for renewing the Higher Education Act, divisions set the stage for a partisan battle in the coming months. 

Report calls for tougher federal standards for four-year colleges

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An advocacy group's proposal for institutional accountability puts both for-profit colleges and elite research universities in the crosshairs. 

Obama defends college ratings system amid growing backlash from Capitol Hill

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As two members of Congress introduce a resolution opposing his accountability system, the president defends plan during his weeklong push on college affordability and student loan debt.

Obama expands income-based repayment to older borrowers, pushes Democrats’ student loan refinancing bill

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Obama administration will expand its income-based repayment program to more borrowers. Republicans pan the move as costly and question its legality.


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