Federal policy

Expanding Access Via Distance Ed

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Enrollments have boomed in an experimental federal program. But does that mean financial aid rules should be eased for online providers?

Professional (Lobbying) Help

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College associations have hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to help them fight for, and against, potential changes in the tax code.

Movement in the Senate

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A flurry of activity suggests Congress may make progress on extending the Higher Education Act after all.

Pressure on College Prices

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At a Congressional hearing, debate about whether federal aid drives tuition higher, and warnings for colleges.

Road Not Taken on Pell Grants

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GAO analysis of change in aid formula finds that approaches other than that used by the Bush administration would have hurt far fewer students.

Court to Rule on Delinquent Debt

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Can the U.S. go after a student loan defaulter's Social Security benefits? The justices will decide.

Church, State and the Academic Pork Barrel

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A lawsuit challenges federal grants to an Alaska Bible college that primarily serves Native Americans.

NCAA Urges U.S. to Rescind Title IX Guidance

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Association leaders tell colleges to ignore Education Department policy on e-mail surveys of athletes' interest.

Assessing College 'Access and Accountability'

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The numbers are bleak and -- for anyone who cares about the vibrancy of the American economy or the importance of an educated citizenry -- deeply worrisome: the United States has fallen to 17th in the world in high school graduation rates and 7th in college-going rates, and is the only industrialized country whose rates are falling.

And perhaps most troubling of all, the rates are lowest among those segments of the American populace that are growing the fastest.

Disappointing Budget Blueprint

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Compromise adopted by Congress contains little of what colleges want.

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