Education Department

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.

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.


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