Education Department

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.

Calling Out Spellings on Student Loans

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Accusing U.S. officials of inadequate oversight, leading House lawmaker urges Education Department to adopt "emergency" reforms.

The Battle Is Joined

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N.Y. attorney general announces plan to sue his first college in loan inquiry, and his target, Drexel U., vows to fight back.

Mr. Cuomo Comes to Washington

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Testifying before House panel, New York attorney general discusses student loan inquiry and lax U.S. oversight.

Muddled Outcome on Transfer of Credit

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U.S. negotiating panel formally rejects proposal for new policy for accreditors, but for-profit college officials perceive victory.

Coke and the Spellings Commission

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Education secretary's summit in Atlanta raises some eyebrows because it appears to be sponsored by beverage giant.

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