Education Department

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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Aid officials say Education Department's new guidance on aid program for science majors makes it even less accessible to students and more difficult to administer.

The Education Department's Activist Agenda

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Education Secretary Margaret Spellings continues to try to counter the twin perceptions of her Education Department as lax on enforcement on the one hand and inappropriately meddling in the affairs of colleges on the other.


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