Education Department

Education Dept. Suspends Grants to Christian College

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Facing lawsuit over church-state separation, U.S. concludes that Alaska Christian used funds for religious purposes.

Higher Ed Commission Gets to Work

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A "fascinating" discussion ensues, but diverse viewpoints may make crafting cohesive national strategy a challenge.

Inviting a Flurry of False Claims Cases

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U.S. appeals court's ruling in recruiting incentives case would make individual suits against colleges easier.

Bad Budget News for College Programs

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Compromise spending bill would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 and freeze most other student aid programs.

Tough Love for Colleges

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Federal higher ed panel emphasizes colleges' high prices and urges greater accountability.

A Key Senator's Suggestions

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It's far from clear, at this relatively early stage, whether the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education will go the legislative route to pursue whatever changes its members desire. But if the panel chooses to do so, it will almost certainly need the help of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the former U.S. education secretary and University of Tennessee president who heads the Senate's education subcommittee. 

Graduated but Not Literate

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Fewer than a third of college degree recipients are "proficient" in everyday literacy, U.S. study finds, and rate is falling.

The Gift Colleges Don't Want

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It is supposed to be a boon for colleges and students, the one major provision in federal legislation to reduce the budget deficit that makes it easier for higher education to swallow the unpalatable parts of the bill that cut benefits to students. After all, the proposed program would provide $3.75 billion in grant aid for students, a rare injection of new federal funds into higher education at a time of fiscal austerity and budget slashing.

Share and Share Alike

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Some colleges that took in Katrina-displaced students forgo federal funds so others can get more. Other colleges seek every penny.

Flat, Frozen or Facing Extinction

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Bush budget would keep most student aid and other college programs at 2006 levels – except for those it would kill.

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