Federal policy

Betsy DeVos, Trump's choice for education secretary, has unclear higher ed priorities

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Betsy DeVos has led Michigan GOP and organizations pushing for school choice, but her views on higher education are largely unknown.

Virginia Foxx weighs in on the GOP's higher education priorities

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The likely next chair of the U.S. House education committee weighs in on GOP higher education priorities a week after Republicans captured the White House and retained both chambers of Congress.

Trump's higher ed priorities? Undoing many of President Obama's

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Donald Trump provided relatively few clues to what he might do as president, but he'll probably try to reverse some of President Obama's priorities, rolling back regulations, creating new political opening for for-profit colleges and curtailing collective bargaining rights.

Democrats and higher education groups call on Congress to use Pell surplus to expand program

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Democrats, higher education groups and consumer advocates renew their push for Congress to restore year-round Pell Grants and strengthen the program during a lame-duck session after the election.

Optics may be part of holdup in Education Department review of Apollo's sale

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Investors fret that the Education Department's lengthy scrutiny of the U of Phoenix's proposed sale means the deal might be nixed. Politics and optics might be reasons for the delay.

For-profits favor Republicans with campaign money but donations are down

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Campaign contributions from for-profit colleges continue to tilt heavily to Republicans. But the struggling sector's political giving is down since peaking in 2012.

Nassirian and LeBlanc debate new federal experiment on noncollege job training

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Two experts -- Barmak Nassirian and Paul LeBlanc -- discuss federal experiment to open up student aid to eight noncollege job training programs.

Clinton 'free' plan would boost public college enrollment, harm private colleges

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Analysis estimates public colleges would enroll up to 22 percent more students, mostly at open-enrollment institutions. A quarter of the gain would come at the expense of private colleges, particularly less selective ones.

Options for ITT Tech students if the for-profit chain collapses

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With ITT Tech headed toward possible collapse, its students begin weighing whether to transfer or to seek to have their federal loans forgiven.

Feds unveil details of experiment with alternative providers and accreditors

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Education Department announces eight winning partnerships in experiment to open federal aid to alternative providers, with a possibly influential new way of assuring academic quality.

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