Federal policy

Training Tomorrow's Doctors, For Now

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Growing up in a moderate income area near San Diego, Arnold Cuenca had an interest in and aptitude for science in high school. But as he contemplated potential careers, he, like most of his peers, was encouraged to enter the military or take a job right out of high school -- paths most of his peers chose. His mom was a nurse, though, and that got him thinking about being a doctor.

"Other than my mom, I had nothing to encourage me to become a health professional -- I didn't know what medicine was," says Cuenca.

House Dives In to the Higher Ed Act

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Debate is intense over for-profit colleges, but decisions on many issues are forestalled.

'Good Day' for For-Profit Colleges

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As they waited Thursday morning for the House of Representatives higher education subcommittee to vote on legislation to extend the Higher Education Act, lobbyists for for-profit and nonprofit colleges had strikingly different answers to the simple question "How are things going?"

Bruce D. Leftwich, vice president for government relations at the Career College Association, responded with an enthusiastic "Great, great." David S. Baime, who plays the same role for the American Association of Community Colleges, offered an uncertain "I have no idea."

Budget Bill Advances in Senate

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Appropriations panel backs plan to raise NIH spending by $1 billion but keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050.

Competition = Savings in the Loan Programs

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Federal costs would balloon and efficiency would erode if either student loan program vanished, a study finds.

A Potpourri of Political Posturing

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In wide-ranging session, House committee confronts Horowitz, Title IX and 'anti-American activity.'

Sharing the Pain

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House panel votes to impose cuts on lenders but makes advocates for students unhappy, too.

Imperfect (Yet Successful?) Bill

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House Higher Ed Act legislation has something for everyone to like and dislike.

Signs of a Thaw in China

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State Department reports sharp rise in number of Chinese seeking visas to study in the United States.

Parking Garages and Other Pork

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Transportation bill passed by Congress last month contains nearly $500 million in earmarks for colleges.

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