Education Department

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.

Advice for U.S. on Accreditation

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As the federal government prepares to reconstitute its advisory committee on quality assurance, Inside Higher Ed solicits suggestions on the panel's charge and composition.

Not-So-Honest Broker

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Education Department office for resolving disputes is staffed by company that also does loan collections for the agency, a potential conflict that troubles student borrowers.

Federal Cooperation

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Education and Labor Departments, often at odds with one another, assure Senate subcommittee of their willingness to work together on reform of Workforce Investment Act.

Allegations of Misspent Financial Aid

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TUI University gave $923,000 in aid to students who had not qualified for it, Education Department audit concludes; institution challenges the findings.

Washington Whirlwind

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The summer lull in federal higher ed policy making ended abruptly, with changes in Senate leadership, new regulation from the Education Department, and reports from the White House panel on the middle class.

FAFSA Experiment Boosts College Going

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When tax preparers helped them fill out federal student aid form, low-income Americans were likelier to qualify for financial assistance and to enroll in college.

Mutual Back Scratching

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In conference call with community college presidents, Obama administration officials offer support and praise -- and subtly seek backing for plan on restructuring financial aid programs.

Ferreting Out Financial Aid Fraud

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Congressional hearing prompted by U.S. report on for-profit colleges features under cover recordings but, with surprising heft, focuses on underprepared students (at all colleges) and concerns about distance education.

In the Crosshairs?

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Panel appointed by Education Department to consider new rules on financial aid "integrity" tilts toward critics of for-profit higher education.


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