Education Department

California Regulatin'

California has had anything but a proud history when it comes to monitoring its for-profit institutions. After all, this is a state that in the 1980s gained a suspect reputation as the “diploma mill capital of the world,” as a 2005 independent monitoring report points out.

Scrutinizing a Sallie Mae Stock Deal

Lender's chairman sold 400,000 shares days before U.S. budget plan sent the price plummeting. Lawmakers ask what happened.

Into the Lamb's Den

Relations between the U.S. Education Department and college leaders have grown increasingly strained in recent weeks.

Looking for Big Ideas

Education Department holds private meeting of outside experts to consider how student aid might be changed if starting from scratch.

Assessing the Spellings Commission

On summit's eve, many say panel has stimulated activity, but urge Education Dept. to focus on "national," not "federal," solutions.

Drawing A Hard Line

Accrediting groups give ground on reporting student learning outcomes -- but not enough to satisfy U.S. officials.

Shaking Up Loan Industry

Education Dept. promises more scrutiny; documents released on federal official; Chicago State president's ties questioned ... and possible sale of Sallie Mae.

Showdown Looms on Accreditation

Education Dept. offers compromise on measuring learning outcomes, but colleges say plan would still "federalize" accreditation.

Calling Out Spellings on Student Loans

Accusing U.S. officials of inadequate oversight, leading House lawmaker urges Education Department to adopt "emergency" reforms.

The Battle Is Joined

N.Y. attorney general announces plan to sue his first college in loan inquiry, and his target, Drexel U., vows to fight back.

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