Federal policy

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.

First 'Minerva' Grants Awarded

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The first "Minerva" grants have been announced -- and they are going to respected scholars at leading universities for a range of topics that could inform U.S. military and diplomatic thinking. The grants also don't appear likely to end controversy over the program, although the change coming next month in the White House may lessen some concerns.

Disincentive for Distance Learning

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Under new GI Bill, veterans who study solely online won't be eligible for housing allowance that traditional students receive. Is privileging the on-campus experience overly romantic, or smart policy?

On Yellow Ribbon, Shades of Gray

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Colleges will soon decide whether to waive tuition for veterans as part of the Yellow Ribbon program, a component of the new GI Bill. A VA official answers some questions.

Questions on Tuition for New GI Bill

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Department of Veterans Affairs publishes a preliminary list of the maximum tuition and fees it will cover in each state, and some of the numbers are eye-poppingly high.

Arabic -- Advances and Constraints

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At gathering on international education, experts see progress in teaching a crucial language, but worry about impact of keeping instructors at low pay and off tenure track.

Organizing a World of Knowledge

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Project analyzes how universities organize the study of world regions and the role of area studies centers.

GI Bill Lets Veterans Take Flight

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Literally. Final figures for maximum tuition and fees payable to veterans climb even higher, driven upwards by high-cost programs like aviation.

Dare to DREAM... in 2009?

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A College Board report draws attention to the limited options of undocumented students and advocates for passage of DREAM Act. Will this be the year?


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