Federal policy

The 2008 Republican Party Platform

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The document, adopted on Monday, details presumptive nominee John McCain's possible approach to community colleges, financial aid, distance education, Title IX and other issues.

The RNC: Politics vs. the Scholarly View

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As Margaret Spellings hinted at what to expect from a President McCain, scholars fanned out to record the views of two important players in the Republican political drama: delegates and protesters.

Watching Endowments, Not Legislating Over Them

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Lawmakers keep up their drive to get colleges to spend more of their funds, while higher education leaders continue to push back against any new law.

Grave Concerns on the New GI Bill

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At Congressional hearing, lawmakers grill the Department of Veterans Affairs on its outsourcing plans, and question whether it will meet its tight timetable for implementing the program.

ROTC Debate Renewed

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Remarks by presidential candidates draw attention to issue at Columbia and elsewhere, but whether anything will change remains to be seen.

A Tale of Two GI Bills

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In choosing between the new and old educational benefit programs, veterans have many variables to consider. Here's a primer.

Helping Out With the Short List

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Who should be considered by a President Obama or a President McCain for education secretary? Some serious and not-so-likely ideas.

Study Abroad Under an Embargo

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Provider settles with U.S. in a dispute over academic travel in Cuba. But because of stricter regulations (which this case predates), academic exchange remains limited.

Aid Expert to Play Key Role in Transition

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Bob Shireman, Clinton White House veteran and college access advocate, tapped to help Obama team shape higher education policy. He plans not to work in the administration, though.

Guidance on New GI Bill

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U.S. proposes regulations to govern Post-9/11 GI Bill, including -- of interest to private colleges -- rules for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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