Federal policy

A Key Senator's Suggestions

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It's far from clear, at this relatively early stage, whether the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education will go the legislative route to pursue whatever changes its members desire. But if the panel chooses to do so, it will almost certainly need the help of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the former U.S. education secretary and University of Tennessee president who heads the Senate's education subcommittee. 

Painful Weekend in Congress

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Bills contain mostly bad tidings for colleges and students, especially on loans, but funds may surface for science grants and Katrina-damaged colleges.

Hoping to Avoid $7 Billion Expense

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FCC officials suggest that there are multiple ways to interpret regulation on campus networks -- but colleges want clarity.

Evidence of Pentagon Surveillance

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College officials express concern about information apparently gathered about campus protests against the military.

Clamping Down on Corruption

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Public institutions in New Jersey face intense scrutiny from both state and federal governmental officials.

Bush Push on 'Critical' Foreign Languages

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On Thursday, President Bush and a bevy of government officials -- including the secretaries of state, education and defense -- announced a wide ranging plan to enhance the foreign language skills of American students.

Aid and Appeals on Foreign Languages

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At presidents' summit, Bush administration officials propose Fulbright expansion and ask colleges for help.

Federal Flu for Health Professions Education

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Congress slashes funds for programs aimed at training doctors in geriatrics and other fields and diversifying work force.

IRB 'Shopping' Not a Problem, FDA Concludes

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It's not often that the federal government (or company or university or other large organization, for that matter) says openly: Never mind. We were wrong.

The Gift Colleges Don't Want

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It is supposed to be a boon for colleges and students, the one major provision in federal legislation to reduce the budget deficit that makes it easier for higher education to swallow the unpalatable parts of the bill that cut benefits to students. After all, the proposed program would provide $3.75 billion in grant aid for students, a rare injection of new federal funds into higher education at a time of fiscal austerity and budget slashing.

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