Education Department

Higher ed groups offer suggestions for revamping Higher Education Act

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In response to Congressional invitation, college groups suggest ideas for revising key federal law, from federal student-level database to risk-based approaches to accreditation and student aid.

Minerva pushing proposal to create new accreditation system

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Proposal circulating on Capitol Hill asks accreditors to create a way for new providers to gain approval more quickly.

U.S. announces rulemaking on gainful employment, state authorization and 'long-term agenda'

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The Education Department gears up to try again on regulations governing vocational programs, and -- building on its recent activity -- hints at broad regulatory agenda in the near future.

Dire predictions and uncertainty as sequester is set to take effect tonight

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Mandatory budget cuts take effect at midnight tonight. While the specific effects of the cuts are still unclear, colleges warn they will be harmful.

Obama calls for more attention to price, value, accreditation in State of the Union

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In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."

Carnegie Foundation considers a redesign for the credit hour

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The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.

Examining who could shape higher education policy in Obama's second term

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Obama has sketched an ambitious higher education agenda for his second term, but it's unclear who at the Education Department will be in charge of implementing it.

Education Department raises hackles over clock hour definition

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The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

Education Department Admits Flawed Data in Gainful Employment Analysis

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The Department of Education admits failing to include black students in its calculation of loan repayment rates in run-up to gainful employment. The mistake will fuel for-profit claims of unfair treatment by feds.

Education Department's historic sanction against Penn State for Clery violations, Sandusky's abuse

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Identifying a football culture that protected athletes and officials, the Education Department will fine Penn State U nearly $2.4 million for failing to notify students about assistant coach charged with sex abuse and for failing to disclose other campus crimes.

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