Education Department

Fundamental Differences

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Deliberations of federal advisory panel on accreditation reveal rifts among members on role and rigor of quality assurance system.

The Assessment Craze Knows No Boundaries

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Experts discuss a growing focus on accountability in study abroad, efforts to assess campus internationalization efforts more generally, and where the gaps in research are.

Margaret Spellings' Last Stand

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She appeared for the final time before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to defend President Bush's final education budget. And as farewell receptions go, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings' wasn't particularly warm.

"I don't know what you guys are smoking over there," said Rep. Dennis Rehberg of Montana.

When FERPA Affects IT

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Proposed updates to rules governing the federal student privacy law, released in March, could have implications on procedures involving directories and databases.

Top U.S. Higher Ed Official Resigns

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Diane Jones, popular assistant secretary for postsecondary education, to leave after just nine months in the job.

HEA: A Huge, Exacting Accountability Bill

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As Congress finally passes the sweeping higher education legislation, 5 years late, views on its significance and potential impact vary widely.

Studying Transfer of Credit, Take 2

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U.S. government approves revised survey designed to identify barriers that inhibit community college students' ability to continue their educations at other colleges.

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.


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