Federal policy

A Cutting Budget

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President wants to eliminate many education programs -- and community colleges are particularly hard hit.

Rhetoric and Reality

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For much of the last year, community colleges and the Bush administration have, symbolically, been dancing cheek to cheek. Given what's in the Bush administration's 2006 budget proposal, they may spend the next few months fighting toe to toe.

New Tools to Take On Diploma Mills

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Regulating diploma mills is a little like herding cats.

The institutions, which offer fraudulent degrees in exchange for cash and little or no academic work, crop up overnight and disappear nearly as fast, when consumer complaints rise or law enforcement officials catch the scent. State and federal lawmakers yearn to crack down on these "colleges," but because they're hard to define and hard to nail down, there's often little they can do.

Slew of Stats on Science

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2 studies from the NSF offer a detailed portrait of graduate enrollments in the sciences and how colleges fared in federal spending on science and engineering.

A Job Training Program Emerges

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Congress offered a first glimpse Wednesday at the new federal job training program for community colleges that President Bush unveiled more than a year ago. It came as members of a House of Representatives subcommittee approved a bill to renew the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Officials of two-year colleges generally liked what they saw.

Penn and U.S. Settle Over Research Death

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The university agrees to pay $500,000 and 3 scientists accept severe restrictions on their work.

Pinching Pennies on Research

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The Bush budget plan would provide small increases for the NIH and NSF, while cutting spending on other programs.

2004 Reauthorization, Take Two

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House Republicans unveiled their proposals for renewing the law that governs federal financial aid programs, which mirror the bill introduced last year.

Career Colleges Brace for '60 Minutes'

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As "60 Minutes" prepares to broadcast a potentially damaging report on for-profit colleges, the Career College Association has begun a public relations campaign aimed at dealing with "any fallout here in Washington or elsewhere," the group's president said in an e-mail to its members last week.

The Public Trust

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Higher education leaders plan a three-year, national campaign to shift attitudes and build support.

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