Congress/legislation

Mutual Back Scratching

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In conference call with community college presidents, Obama administration officials offer support and praise -- and subtly seek backing for plan on restructuring financial aid programs.

Funding Publics

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U. of California's Yudof, other public presidents turn to the federal government for financial support.

Wanted: Obama's Help

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WASHINGTON – The leader of a major public university system called on President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to do more to accomplish the White House’s goal of seeing the United States lead the world in postsecondary educational attainment by 2020.

Defining 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON -- A proposal by the U.S. Department of Education to assess the performance of vocational programs and most course offerings at for-profit institutions by linking the prices they charge to their graduates' salaries may have hit a wall Wednesday as concerns surfaced publicly that the department was reaching outside its statutory purview to place price controls on higher education.

Unity on 'Incentive Compensation'

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WASHINGTON -- Education Department officials faced forceful pushback Thursday against their plan to eliminate regulatory clarifications to Congress’s 1992 ban on “incentive compensation” for admissions and financial aid officers -- and the opposition came from nonprofit and for-profit colleges alike.

New Approaches to Job Training

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Meeting on reforming the Workforce Investment Act shows no shortage of criticism or ideas.

Keeping Student Health Affordable

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Higher ed asks Congress to tweak its bill to ensure that college-based plans aren't classified as pricier "individual" policies.

Resistance on Debt Proposal

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Panel balks at Education Department's draft rule introducing a loan-to-income ratio targeting high-priced, low-payoff programs.

Taking Aim at Diploma Mills

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Bipartisan legislation would define dubious institutions (and the agencies that accredit them), bar use of phony degrees in federal hiring and promotion, and strengthen Federal Trade Commission enforcement.

Credit Cards and Campuses

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As federal law takes effect Monday, students will earn significant new protections, and colleges face several new requirements.

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