Education Department

When Foreign Language Isn't Foreign

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Vanessa Fonseca, now a graduate teaching assistant in the University of New Mexico’s Sabine Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language program, said it took her all of two minutes to figure out a non-heritage Spanish class she stumbled into as an undergraduate was not for her.

The New Top Fed for Higher Ed

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Sara Martinez Tucker, U.S. under secretary for education, discusses her new job, the Spellings commission and affirmative action.

California Regulatin'

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California has had anything but a proud history when it comes to monitoring its for-profit institutions. After all, this is a state that in the 1980s gained a suspect reputation as the “diploma mill capital of the world,” as a 2005 independent monitoring report points out.

Scrutinizing a Sallie Mae Stock Deal

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Lender's chairman sold 400,000 shares days before U.S. budget plan sent the price plummeting. Lawmakers ask what happened.

Into the Lamb's Den

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Relations between the U.S. Education Department and college leaders have grown increasingly strained in recent weeks.

Looking for Big Ideas

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Education Department holds private meeting of outside experts to consider how student aid might be changed if starting from scratch.

Assessing the Spellings Commission

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On summit's eve, many say panel has stimulated activity, but urge Education Dept. to focus on "national," not "federal," solutions.

Drawing A Hard Line

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Accrediting groups give ground on reporting student learning outcomes -- but not enough to satisfy U.S. officials.

Shaking Up Loan Industry

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Education Dept. promises more scrutiny; documents released on federal official; Chicago State president's ties questioned ... and possible sale of Sallie Mae.

Showdown Looms on Accreditation

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Education Dept. offers compromise on measuring learning outcomes, but colleges say plan would still "federalize" accreditation.

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