Federal policy

The Scrutiny Spreads

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A House panel questions the Pentagon's oversight of distance education -- particularly that offered by for-profit colleges -- for active duty service members.

Update: Timeline Shift for 'Gainful' Rules

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(Update: Education Department officials announced Friday afternoon that they would delay until early 2011 publication of final rules aimed at ensuring that vocational programs prepare students for "gainful employment." Department officials said the move would not delay the ultimate implementation of the gainful employment proposals past their current July 2012 date, and characterized the decision as an opportunity to hold public hearings and other meetings to give the many people who've weighed in on the rules more time to "clarify the comments they’ve submitted and respond to questions

A Future for Student Health Plans?

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Without clarity from the Obama administration, campus officials are unsure of whether or how their insurance offerings will survive.

For-Profits Battle on Many Fronts

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Sector turns to ads, rallies and big Washington names to fight Congress and the Obama administration.

Should Everyone Go to College?

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Experts say everyone should have access to higher education, assuming the term is broadly defined.

Rallying for For-Profit Colleges

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Students and employees gather in Washington to speak out against "gainful employment" regulations and Congressional action.

Does the Messenger Matter?

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Tom Harkin, the senator leading Congressional scrutiny of for-profit higher education, defends his reliance on an investor who bets that the sector has seen its best days.

Senate Scrutiny, Round 3

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Partisan divide in for-profit debate intensifies as Tom Harkin's committee examines student outcomes and profit margins.

Patent Reform and University Research

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Senate panel holds broad hearing on pros and cons of Bayh-Dole Act -- but with a very specific agenda for one Midwestern university.

Will Faculty Voices Be Heard?

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Professors will participate in the White House summit on community colleges, but some of them remain concerned about the agenda.

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