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Coalescing Around Concepts

As U.S. higher ed panel takes first shot at setting goals, helping students tops the list, and accountability lags.

Will 'Voluntary' Accountability Work?

As the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education wrapped up its fourth meeting last week, higher education's representatives on the panel and college officials who have followed its work closely flashed a few more smiles than they had at past meetings.

Colleges Wait for the Next Tax Bill

Legislation Congress prepares to pass is stripped of provisions that could help -- and hurt -- higher education.

Crunch Time for Commission

As U.S. panel prepares to meet with deadline looming, tensions rise. Can its members reach consensus?

A Stinging First Draft

U.S. commission's preliminary report says higher education's glory days may be over without "substantial" changes.

Carrying Out the Commission's Ideas

That was fast.

Moving with surprising speed, the U.S. Education Department plans to announce Friday that it will hold a series of regional meetings with college officials and others this fall to discuss how it might use the federal rule making process to carry out some of recommendations of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

The Spellings Plan

Secretary favors student database and grants to colleges that measure learning, but calls discussion of Pell expansion premature.

The House's New Face on Higher Ed

When Democrats won control of Congress in November, the change promised the return to power of some familiar names to many college leaders, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the once and current chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. George Miller of California, who has been a visible and vocal presence as the top Democrat on the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee throughout this decade and now heads the full Education and Labor Committee.

Jumpstarting the Higher Ed Act

Both houses of Congress gear up activity this week, aiming to pass sweeping college bill in 2007.

Education Dept.'s New College Chief

The White House and the Education Department announced late Tuesday that President Bush has nominated Diane Auer Jones, a seasoned Washington policy expert with significant campus experience, to be assistant secretary for postsecondary education, the department's primary higher education job.

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