Congress/legislation

House panel scrutinizes endowments and college affordability

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A House Ways and Means subcommittee examines endowments, but lawmakers focus on college affordability.

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.

Lawmakers look at Chinese influence on American universities

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During Congressional hearing Chinese scholars, and human rights activists criticize the influence of the Chinese government in academic affairs.

Departing Senator Harkin releases his Higher Ed Act reauthorization bill

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Among the new provisions in the retiring Democrat's final proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act are a student unit record system and incentives for colleges to graduate more Pell Grant recipients. 

Job-training bill gets an upgrade thanks to bipartisan compromise

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Congress gets praise for cutting a bipartisan deal to replace the primary federal job-training law, but proposed bill is not a major change.

Lamar Alexander continues push to deregulate higher education

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As Senator Alexander pushes to deregulate higher education, college leaders meet to discuss which rules to cut. 

Higher ed lobbyist retires after four decades

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After four decades, Becky Timmons to retire as key lobbyist for higher education.

Opportunity Nation and senators push for close ties between colleges and employers

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Two senators and the nonprofit Opportunity Nation want federal job training programs to be more efficient and performance-based, while also seeing expanded role for community colleges.

Senate said to be near compromise on interest rates

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With days to go until the interest rate doubles for federally subsidized Stafford loans, Senate is said to be near a deal that would lower rates for undergraduate borrowers in the short term.

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