Federal policy

Most presidents doubt Obama's plan to promote affordable higher education

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Gallup/Inside Higher Ed poll of college presidents find that most doubt many aspects of the president's plan to make college more affordable.

Obama administration asks colleges to set goals on lower-income student success

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Nelson Mandela's death puts on hold caucus for college leaders to talk about lower-income student success, for which they have been asked to set specific goals.

Higher education associations stake out positions on ratings system

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Higher ed associations start to take firmer stances against part of President Obama's proposal to rate colleges.

Feds release tighter proposed language for gainful employment rules

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Education Department proposes perhaps its strictest proposed language on the rules so far, a week before negotiators get back to business.

Calls from Washington for streamlined regulation and emerging models

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Congress starts getting specific about higher education policy changes, with calls for deregulation and the expansion of competency-based education.

With shutdown looming, the outlook for colleges

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Pell Grants and federal student loans would remain mostly unaffected by a government shutdown but federal research funding would come to a halt, according to the Obama administration’s latest contingency plans.

Gainful employment negotatiors face long odds of reaching consensus

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Gainful employment rewrite kicks off with rule-making session, but consensus appears unlikely as negotiators are far apart on day one.

Margaret Spellings reacts to Obama higher education plan

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President George W. Bush's education secretary got slammed when her commission proposed a new accountability regime for higher education. She responds to the new president's ideas, and academe's reactions to it.

New gainful employment proposal would affect more programs with fewer rules

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As Education Department begins new round of deliberations over "gainful employment," its draft language is both simpler and stricter.

Altius releases documents on Ivy Bridge College accreditation fight

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Amid news of a federal investigation, previously unreleased documents offer glimpse into accreditor's scrutiny of an online partnership between a for-profit company and a nonprofit university.

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