Public policy

Senate said to be near compromise on interest rates

With days to go until the interest rate doubles for federally subsidized Stafford loans, Senate is said to be near a deal that would lower rates for undergraduate borrowers in the short term.

New Academy of Arts and Sciences report stresses importance of humanities and social sciences

Amid talk of outcomes-based education, a new report from the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences stresses the disciplines' role in long-term career success and international competitiveness.

AAUP session centers on intellectual property and academic freedom in the online education age

Cary Nelson warns that MOOCs could lead to erosion of faculty members' intellectual property rights.

Nonprofit group Single Stop helps low-income students avoid financial barriers

For many needy college students, finishing degrees starts with applying for food stamps or filling out a federal tax form.

Former American U. professor charges institution with age discrimination and lack of commitment to professional track

American U. says it has track for those with non-academic careers who want to join the faculty. A suit charges that the university only values traditional academic credentials.

Consequences of racial and economic stratification in community colleges

Segregation in higher education remains largely ignored, but two new studies show increasing concentrations of disadvantaged students at community colleges can affect completion rates.

InsideTrack's student coaching proves completion payoff

Student coaching appears to pay off by boosting retention and graduation rates. Does outsourcing coaching make sense if a private company does it best?

Education Department will delay enforcing part of state authorization rule

Education Department will delay enforcing a rule that requires states to submit evidence that colleges are authorized to operate within their borders -- and that could end colleges' aid eligibility if states don't do so.

House panel votes on student loan interest rates, transparency study

As Congressional Democrats argue in favor of extending the current interest rate on subsidized student loans, House Republicans in committee back a bill that would overhaul how those rates are determined.

Policy brief calls for overhauling GEAR UP, TRIO Programs

A new policy brief from the Brookings Institution calls for overhauling federal college preparation programs.

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