The long-serving education secretary expanded Pell Grants, encouraged experimentation, cracked down on for-profit colleges and took federal regulation into uncharted waters.
The Obama Plan
Obama administration announces debt relief for tens of thousands of former Corinthian students -- and possibly many more students at that college and others.
Obama's free tuition plan is a hit among community college leaders, but some experts worry about details and whether the money could be more targeted.
Obama unveils outline of federal matching grant proposal that would seek to make two years of community college free nationwide.
In wake of president's ambitious college ratings proposal, higher ed groups -- despite concerns about potential impact of the amorphous plan -- generally take a wait-and-see approach.
This week President Obama will unveil plan to make college affordable, promising tough love for some in higher education "business." But will his proposals go anywhere?
With concurrent hearings, Congress takes the first tentative steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.
Yes, student loan debt is a major problem, but the proposals offered by both President Obama and Senate Republicans won't solve it, writes Aaron Smith.
By providing data on colleges' "average net price," the Obama administration's College Scorecard has replaced one not-very-useful indicator (sticker price) with another, writes Abigail Seldin.
In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."