Federal policy

Turning Blue from College Costs

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A partisan pollster said that young voters think Democrats can better confront the college affordability crunch.

Scientific Remedies

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Experts agree that the U.S. is heading toward a potential crisis in research competitiveness -- and offer some solutions.

The Heat Is Turned Up

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Education Department panel blasts controversial accreditor of liberal education programs, restricting its authority for 6 months.

Anti-Lobbying Fever? Not in Higher Ed

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Colleges, associations, lenders and others reported spending $95 million to influence the federal government in 2005, IHE analysis shows.

Sustaining "Sputnik Moments"

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Foreign language study in the United States has had many a “Sputnik moment,” as H. Jay Siskin, a French instructor at Cabrillo College, in California, put it -- that is, a moment that reveals an economic or military weakness and has been used as a call to arms to strengthen, among other things, language education.

More Than a Rabble Rouser?

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Move by student loan borrower advocate to create a PAC sparks disagreement about founder's influence and tactics.

Democrats Rally for Debt Relief

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Cuts to interest rates on subsidized loans, the new majority says, would be "the first step."

Impediments to U.S. Push on Languages

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Experts tell Senate panel that funding for foreign language study must grow and that emphasis on K-12 testing limits curricular innovation.

Shooting the Messenger

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Harvard scholar documents costs of caring for soldiers hurt in Iraq, and Pentagon reacts -- by attacking researcher and changing U.S. Web sites.

The Bush Budget, 2008

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Administration's spending blueprint would increase Pell Grants -- by cutting lender profits and other aid programs.

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