Federal policy

List of gainful employment negotiators emerges

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Education Department taps negotiators for gainful employment rule-making. Broad set of viewpoints represented.

Incoming student characteristics determine graduation rates, studies find

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Colleges that serve fewer disadvantaged students have higher graduation rates, new studies find, a fact policy makers should heed.

Obama again proposes new money for job training at community colleges

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A few days after criticizing higher ed, President Obama again proposes new spending for job-training money at two-year institutions, this time as part of a jobs deal.

For-profit fights resume with new twists on old debates

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Washington is gearing up for the next round of fights over for-profit colleges, with student veterans and gainful employment getting top billing.

Research officers warn of long-term effects of sequestration

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Research officers warn of the long-term effects of federal budget cuts earlier this year.

Education Department releases annual tuition pricing lists

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Education Department releases annual lists of most (and least) expensive colleges.

Senate said to be near compromise on interest rates

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With days to go until the interest rate doubles for federally subsidized Stafford loans, Senate is said to be near a deal that would lower rates for undergraduate borrowers in the short term.

Education Department still has vacancies in many key positions

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With the president's second term now well under way, many key vacancies remain in the Obama administration's higher ed policy making team.

Education Department hears comments on PLUS loans, gainful employment and for-profit colleges

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Historically black colleges urge Education Department to reconsider changes to some student loan criteria, and for-profit colleges and student advocates gear up for rewrite of "gainful employment" regulation.

Education Department will delay enforcing part of state authorization rule

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Education Department will delay enforcing a rule that requires states to submit evidence that colleges are authorized to operate within their borders -- and that could end colleges' aid eligibility if states don't do so.

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