Federal policy

Best You Can Be Without a Degree

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While senators weigh bill to hugely boost GI Bill, the Pentagon, concerned that better benefits could hurt reenlistment, backs Bush plan for another kind of enhancement.

Margaret Spellings' Last Stand

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She appeared for the final time before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to defend President Bush's final education budget. And as farewell receptions go, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings' wasn't particularly warm.

"I don't know what you guys are smoking over there," said Rep. Dennis Rehberg of Montana.

AWOL on Civil Rights?

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Black college leaders charge Education Department is ignoring the way duplicative programs, which hurt their institutions, are being set up.

Getting Them In, Getting Them Back

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As state lawmakers look for ways to increase college access for rural students, some want to safeguard against graduates jumping to the nearest big city.

How to Head Off a Potential Student Loan Crisis

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Panelists before the Senate Banking Committee stop short of calling it a crisis, but they settle on a few policy options to avert one just in case.

Many Community Colleges Opt Out of Loan Program

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More than a million students are enrolled in two-year institutions that choose not to participate in the federal loan program, report finds, leaving them to incur riskier forms of debt.

Maintain State Spending. Or Else.

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Policy makers lobby against a Higher Education Act provision that would withhold some federal funds from states that don't sustain college appropriations.

International Development Goals

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University leaders from around the world convene for summit on higher education and development. Attendees are each (supposed) to return home with two new partnerships.

Admissions Control (Update)

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Debate over enrolling undocumented students in North Carolina raises issues of who at federal, state and institutional levels sets admissions policies.

See SEVIS II Dance (and Other Topics in Global Ed)

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U.S. officials provide briefing on database for tracking foreign students, presidential candidates' advisers discuss exchanges as a massive gathering of international educators continues.

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