Public policy

Colleges respond as shutdown creates new cost issues for some students

Many college students rely on income -- whether a parent's or their own -- from closed federal agencies. Some colleges are trying to help.

Online learning fails to deliver, finds report aimed at discouraging politicians from deregulating

Fully online programs widen achievement gaps and often are unaffordable, says report seeking to discourage politicians from pulling back on federal policy protections.

Trump administration proposal would lift cap on colleges outsourcing higher ed programs

Proposal to lift cap on college programs offered through unaccredited entities stirs concerns about giving companies back door to federal student aid.

Ongoing shutdown means scrambled travel plans, collaboration for higher ed researchers

Prolonged shutdown delays funding timeline for federal research grants and disrupts travel plans for many scientists. But the worst for research institutions could be ahead.

Trump administration wants flexibility for accreditors and to encourage alternative providers

The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.

Lamar Alexander's decision to retire could add urgency to pass higher ed law

The chairman of the Senate education committee, planning retirement in 2020, could step up efforts to pass a new higher ed law in the next Congress.

Title IX rules on cross-examination would make colleges act as courts, lawyers say

DeVos Title IX proposal would make campus hearings into "mini courtrooms," higher education lawyers say, with cross-examination requirements survivor advocates criticized.

Growing number of Democrats run on free college, pushing issue into mainstream

A growing number of Democratic candidates at the state and federal level are running on free college. But there's a sharp divide within the party and liberal policy circles over the concept.

Will politicians' latest try overhaul public higher ed governance in North Dakota work?

North Dakota governor moves toward revamping board of higher education, citing "powerful economic forces," but overhaul is a hard sell.

Researcher says DeVos misrepresented her work to justify repeal of student loan rule

A higher ed researcher cited by Betsy DeVos to justify dropping gainful-employment rule says her work actually backed more stringent standards.

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