Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

Gates and state-college group co-chair postsecondary value commission

As scrutiny of college prices and outcomes mounts, a new panel co-chaired by leaders of Gates Foundation and state-college group aims to examine the value of postsecondary credentials.

Senate Democrat adds momentum to push for accountability for all colleges

Democrats are talking more about how failures happen across the higher education system, not just at for-profit colleges -- their traditional punching bag. So can they agree with Republicans on new standards for all colleges?

Higher Education Act overhaul a long shot for this election year

Lawmakers and observers alike are skeptical that the Higher Education Act will be renewed this year.

New College Scorecard repayment data fuels debate over accountability for higher ed

Repayment rates may replace default rates as key measure of quality. That's bad news for many for-profit and historically black colleges, and some community colleges, too.

Vanderbilt University weighs in on its controversial compliance costs report

While discussing the Higher Education Act, Vanderbilt's chancellor equated cost of compliance to $11,000 per student -- and the message snowballed.

White House pivots to accountability and outcomes, and away from debt-free, in major Duncan speech

In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return on investment. 

What People Are Saying About Debt-Free

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Who is pushing which ideas -- and why.

Alexander weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite

The leading Senate Republican, working to rewrite the law, outlines possible new ways to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes and to improve federal higher education data.

House Republicans again propose 10-year freeze on Pell Grant maximum award

In attempt to balance the federal budget, House Republicans are again proposing that the maximum grant award remain at its current level for a decade. 

Alexander says Congress will pass Higher Ed Act this year, backs plan to cut regulations on colleges

As colleges press their case for reducing federal requirements, a top Republican says he's committed to finishing a rewrite of the Higher Education Act this year.

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