Federal policy

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.

Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan

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Obama proposes expansive college rating system. Making it happen won't be easy, but higher education leaders said they'll play ball.

President Obama proposes to link student aid to new ratings of colleges

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President proposes new system to evaluate colleges -- and plan to offer greater Pell Grants and more favorable loans to those who attend institutions with the best rankings.

Obama vows to 'shake up' higher education and find new ways to limit costs

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President Obama vows to issue "aggressive strategy" to deal with the rising prices of higher education. Some academics question emphasis on efficiency.

Justice Department launches investigation into merit aid talks

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Justice Department investigation into whether merit aid discussions violate antitrust rules highlights the barriers that private colleges face in dialing back the practice and the unclear laws under which they operate.

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