Federal policy

Higher Ed Commission Gets to Work

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A "fascinating" discussion ensues, but diverse viewpoints may make crafting cohesive national strategy a challenge.

The Screw Turns in the Senate

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Education committee's bill to cut deficit and extend Higher Ed Act would provide extra $2.5 billion to new grant programs.

Inviting a Flurry of False Claims Cases

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U.S. appeals court's ruling in recruiting incentives case would make individual suits against colleges easier.

Finally, a Report on Loan Costs

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GAO study, which Republicans hoped would condemn direct lending program, doesn't.

Faint Echoes of 1995

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Amid latest steps in this year's complex budget battle, college leaders go on the offensive.

'Cuts' or 'Savings' for Student Loans?

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They argued about numbers. They debated definitions. They challenged each other's "facts."

Senate Backs Budget for NIH, Student Aid

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In lean year for colleges, measure would sustain key programs but provide few increases beyond biomedical research.

Basic Research and National Security

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A new report warns that declining funds for physics and engineering puts more than the U.S.'s economic status at risk.

Congress Acts on Budget Bills

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Legislation to cut billions in mandatory spending advanced in both chambers.

The 'Crisis' in Higher Ed Financing

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Anyone in search of a metaphor for the difficult financial and political situation facing American higher education had a slew to choose from at a conference on the business of higher education on Thursday. College officials are standing on a tightrope, said Stanley O. Ikenberry, trying to balance concurrent pressures to increase student access, control tuition and costs, and deal with declining financial support from governments and other traditional sources.

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