He questions whether higher ed is necessary for everyone, and calls colleges godless, but in the Senate, the candidate had a history of supporting colleges.
Steve Gunderson has plenty of friends, including the Senate's leading critic of for-profit colleges. But the new head of the sector's trade group isn't afraid to pick a fight -- even with one of his members.
The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.
Contraception provisions in the federal health care law are at the center of a dispute between religious colleges and the Obama administration.
A budget compromise would slightly increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and change eligibility for the largest federal grant program for college students.
To win Republican senators' support, letter opposing new Defense Department policies on tuition assistance was changed to eliminate references to for-profit colleges as "subpar" institutions.
A Senate-sponsored task force releases blueprint for Congress to scale back federal requirements that higher education leaders have long said are overly burdensome.
ECMC closes deal to buy 53 Corinthian campuses, earning praise from federal agencies and some consumer groups for deal to forgive $480 million in students' private loans.
President will seek big changes in education tax credits, and will propose new taxes on the wealthy and on financial institutions to pay for free community college tuition.
Obama's announcement on resumption of diplomatic relations also broadens the kinds of educational travel that may now be possible.
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