Trump administration

Liberty University president won't be leading task force on higher ed regulation after all

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Liberty University president, a major Trump ally, won’t be leading review of regulation, although he says he will be part of another administration group with other college presidents.

Republican senators raise doubts about White House budget proposal

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Republicans take issue with deep cuts proposed in White House budget during appropriations hearing with Betsy DeVos. She appears open to ending the release of the names of colleges seeking Title IX religious exemptions.

Advocates warn cuts to Office for Civil Rights would further slow resolution of Title IX cases

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Trump wants to cut staffing at OCR, already facing a backlog of Title IX and other complaints, by 7 percent.

Appeals court rejects revised version of Trump's travel ban

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Decision says the administration’s policy discriminates unconstitutionally on the basis of religion.

Observers see demise of interagency task force used by Obama administration to monitor for-profits

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With interagency panel launched under Obama no longer active, observers see a Department of Education less interested in leading oversight of for-profit college sector. State regulators may become more important.

Graduate student union bids at private institutions have succeeded, flopped and been challenged since a major NLRB decision

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Graduate student union bids at private institutions have succeeded, flopped and been challenged since a major NLRB decision last summer -- but none thus far has resulted in a contract for student workers. 

HHS secretary proposes cutting reimbursements that fund university-based research

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Trump administration says it can cut billions by scaling back reimbursement for overhead costs. University groups say that funding is essential to conducting research.

Questions about efficacy of college prep programs as White House vows evidence-based cuts

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White House promises proposed cuts to college-prep programs will be guided by evidence. But past attempts to evaluate the programs have been beset by controversy.

Trump budget protected institutional aid for black colleges but not programs that help black college students

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Institutional aid was preserved in White House budget. But several programs facing significant cuts serve disproportionate numbers of minority students -- at HBCUs and elsewhere.

Trump's work-study proposal causes a stir

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Many experts on the program agree it needs changing with a greater emphasis on low-income students. But few agree that the large cut being sought by the Trump administration will help.

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