Federal policy

Education Department to release data reports on accreditors based on measures of student achievement

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The Education Department has created new data reports on the performance of accrediting agencies, using measures such as graduation and loan repayment rates at colleges the agencies oversee.

Draft federal rules for debt forgiveness please consumer groups, anger for-profits

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Education Department unveils draft regulations for borrowers seeking federal debt forgiveness, which include an end to mandatory arbitration agreements and requirements for some for-profits to be on the hook to pay for debt relief.

Small private college closes, blames Education Department sanction

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St. Catharine College is closing, and the small private institution blames its demise on a version of the same Education Department sanction that toppled the for-profit Corinthian Colleges.

Trump's campaign co-chair describes higher education policies being developed

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Campaign co-chair describes ideas being prepared for fall campaign. Among them: getting government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in risk of loans, discouraging borrowing by liberal arts majors and moving OCR to Justice Department.

Education Department tells accreditors to focus more on troubled colleges and standards for student outcomes

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Obama administration continues to turn up pressure on accreditors, promising in new letter to measure the agencies against their peers and urging more focus on student achievement and troubled colleges.

Hillary Clinton's ties to for-profit education companies

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Hillary Clinton pledges to outdo the Obama administration in cracking down on for-profits. But will her ties to the industry, including the $16.5 million Bill Clinton earned working for Laureate Education, influence her approach?

Obama administration leans on state agencies to tighten up oversight of for-profits

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The Obama administration prods state regulators to tighten their oversight of for-profits, with a focus on job placement rates. But confusion about calculating those rates reigns, and many state agencies are understaffed and outgunned.

What does the Department of Labor's overtime rule mean for higher education?

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Obama administration's proposed rules would extend overtime protections to millions -- including many postdocs and other employees in higher ed. Would the plan provide overdue relief or be a financial disaster for colleges and universities?

Major implications possible in CFPB’s legal battle with accreditor over for-profits

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In a lawsuit that could chart new ground, the consumer bureau is battling in court for information about how an accreditor approved some of the most controversial for-profit colleges.

2017 budget a would-be bonanza for higher ed -- but nonstarter in Congress

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Obama administration's last budget blueprint has something for everyone -- low-income students, cancer researchers, community colleges, minority-serving institutions. But it's a nonstarter in Congress.

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