Education Department

Looking Ahead to 2013

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Education secretary asks his advisory committee on accreditation for legislative suggestions for the next renewal of the Higher Education Act.

Gunfight at the For-Profit Corral

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Under attack itself for corrections made to earlier report, Senate committee releases critique of flow of military and GI Bill money to for-profit colleges.

Charge of Illegal Lobbying Rejected

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Dismissing Republican assertions, inspector general concludes that top Education Department officials did not violate law in urging college officials to support student loan overhaul.

The Mini-AGI

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New $2 billion federal grant program for community (and for-profit) colleges will impose strict accountability requirements -- and compel participants to make academic materials available to the public.

For-Profit Colleges Open Another Front

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Amid publicity blitz and vows of legislative intervention, the sector's primary trade group sues Education Department to block new rules. Suit faces uphill climb.

New-Look Default Rates

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Education Department's last test of three-year loan repayment shows rate for for-profit college borrowers rising to 25 percent.

Could Be Worse

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As House leaders propose cuts in 2011 spending, programs important to colleges and students would fare comparatively well (so far).

Spending Showdown

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House Republicans would slash deeply into programs for colleges and students, while President Obama would cut surgically from higher ed.

The Education Exception

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Programs important to colleges generally avoid Obama budget freeze, with sizable increases proposed for student aid and research. Humanities would get pinched, and a community college program eliminated.

Maximum Pell, at All Costs

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Obama administration's 2012 budget plan would keep the top grant at $5,550 -- but would pay for it by ending year-round Pell Grant and a loan subsidy for graduate students.

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