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House Committee Report Highlights Plight of Adjunct Professors

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A new report on the impact of adjunct labor marks a new level of interest in Washington about the changing nature of the higher education workforce.

Lawmaker blasts colleague over perceived intrusion into social science funding

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One U.S. representative blasts her colleague for questioning the wisdom of specific National Science Foundation grants, warning of unprecedented "political intrusion."
 

With 2 hearings, Congress takes first steps toward rewriting Higher Education Act

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With concurrent hearings, Congress takes the first tentative steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.

Senate votes to defund political science research, save tuition assistance in budget bill

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Senate votes to ban federal funding for most political science research and to restore tuition assistance to active-duty service members.

Dire predictions and uncertainty as sequester is set to take effect tonight

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Mandatory budget cuts take effect at midnight tonight. While the specific effects of the cuts are still unclear, colleges warn they will be harmful.

Sequester would hit higher education programs hard

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If mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1, many federal higher education programs will lose about 8 percent of their funding.

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Budget compromise would preserve maximum Pell grant, NIH funding

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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.

Senate spending plan for college programs sets up likely budget fights

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Spending bill for 2016 would lift NIH funding by $2 billion, but divert Pell money and block Obama regulatory efforts in higher education.

House spending bill would block higher ed rules and ratings, hold spending flat

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House spending bill would block rating system, gainful employment and other regulations, provide funding increases for NIH and TRIO programs.

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