Federal policy

Public comments flood U.S. Department of Education on 'gainful employment' proposal

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As public comment period ends for the administration's "gainful employment" proposal, for-profit colleges and supporters blast the rules as an overreach; critics of the industry say proposal doesn't go far enough.

Gainful employment will hit for-profits and their students hard, industry study finds

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Gainful employment will leave fewer options for underserved students, finds a study the for-profit industry commissioned. It also gives hints about a possible legal challenge.

Senate Democrats join push for stronger gainful employment rules

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Sen. Harkin joins consumer groups in call for stronger gainful employment rules, and the retiring senator points to other Democrats who will continue the fight.

New default rates trip up a community college

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Congress expanded federal student loan default metrics to scrutinize for-profits, but community colleges are worried, too, at least one with good reason.

Details of gainful employment proposal expected Friday

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The White House gives reporters a sneak peek at its final gainful employment proposal, but important details should be released today.

Obama's 2015 budget would keep most education and research programs flat

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President Obama's 2015 budget request would keep most student aid and research programs level-funded, and includes several ambitious new higher education proposals -- but is probably dead on arrival.

Obama calls for expanded apprenticeships, review of federal training programs

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In a State of the Union address that is mostly retread, President Obama calls for expanded access to apprenticeships and improved training programs at community colleges that are more targeted to employer-demanded skills.

Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan

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Association of public universities says Obama ratings system could create "perverse incentives," but supports linking receipt of aid to performance on key metrics.

New Census data on non-college credentials and the work force

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U.S. Census Bureau's first-of-its-kind report on the 25 percent of adults who hold a non-degree credential could influence policy and how college completion is viewed.

Most presidents doubt Obama's plan to promote affordable higher education

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Gallup/Inside Higher Ed poll of college presidents find that most doubt many aspects of the president's plan to make college more affordable.

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