Education Department

Education Dept.'s New College Chief

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The White House and the Education Department announced late Tuesday that President Bush has nominated Diane Auer Jones, a seasoned Washington policy expert with significant campus experience, to be assistant secretary for postsecondary education, the department's primary higher education job.

Next Chapter on Textbooks

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As U.S. panel calls for online collaboration to provide lower-cost options, debate continues on the appropriate federal role.

More Money All Around

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House panel's spending measure would raise Pell Grant to $4,700, fend off White House cuts and boost NIH.

Fuzzy Understandings of FERPA

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U.S. report on Virginia Tech shootings cites misinformed interpretation of privacy laws as barrier to crisis prevention communication.

Price Controls or Transparency?

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Proposed reporting requirements on college costs renew debate over what motivates institutions to economize.

More Students and Higher Scores for ACT

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More graduating seniors in SAT-centric districts decided to take the standardized achievement test, and average scores continued to rise.

Who's In, Who's Out

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Among the main themes to emerge from meetings of the Education Secretary's Commission on the Future of Higher Education: whether students -- and not just the so-called "traditional" ones -- are making sufficient progress toward a degree.

Permissible Preferred Lender Lists

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Education Dept. reviews of colleges where most loans go to one lender reportedly find no problems at Middlebury and Lawrence Tech.

Accountability and the Applicant

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On anniversary of Spellings Commission report, efforts to provide more information to prospective students proliferate.

Community Service Crackdown

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U.S. Education Department turns up heat -- even demanding repayment of funds -- on colleges where fewer than 7 percent of work study money goes to students in community work.


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