Education Department

Containing the Taint of Loan Defaults

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Hoping to draw more community colleges into the federal loan program, 2 groups urge Education Department to make it clearer that few borrowers at 2-year institutions fail to repay their loans.

Helping Out With the Short List

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Who should be considered by a President Obama or a President McCain for education secretary? Some serious and not-so-likely ideas.

Fleshing Out Student Aid Simplification (Update)

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Education Department to present plan that would simplify aid form, shrink number of aid programs, and base award size on family income and average price of 2-year college.

Privacy Concerns About U.S. Database

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College and student groups balk at proposal by Education Dept.'s inspector general to collect in a central database (and potentially share) massive amounts of personal information.

Aid Expert/Political Veteran Joins Duncan Team (for Now)

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Robert Shireman, who aided in Obama transition but demurred on joining administration, takes temporary post advising new U.S. education secretary on higher ed policy.

2-Year College Leader Is U.S. Education Nominee

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Martha Kanter, chancellor of California's Foothill-De Anza district, is President Obama's nominee to be federal under secretary of education.

Aid Expert Appointed (Finally)

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In move anticipated by many campus leaders, and feared by lenders and for-profit colleges, Shireman is named to key Education Department role.

Budget Cut or Logical Inevitability?

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Minority serving colleges jeer Obama administration's plan to let temporary funding lapse, calling it "missed opportunity." But isn't "one time" money supposed to end?

Peace in Accreditation Land

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In stark contrast to 2007, federal negotiations over accreditation rules end in accord, overcoming dispute over student learning outcomes that might have derailed the proceeding.

Ferment Over For-Profit Colleges

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Education Department tries again to allay concerns that it is taking regulatory aim at career institutions, amid accusations that stock prospectors are sowing uncertainty.

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