Washington Wrapup: Budget and Bishop

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In year-end rush, Congress weighs budget that would close Pell shortfall; House passes DREAM Act; 36 days after election, a higher ed champion formally retains House seat.

Gunfight at the For-Profit Corral

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Under attack itself for corrections made to earlier report, Senate committee releases critique of flow of military and GI Bill money to for-profit colleges.

Off Campus

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Report assesses university-community partnerships' potential for narrowing economics and education gaps.

Picking on Social Science

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House Republicans invite scrutiny of federal funding for social and behavioral sciences. Is anyone biting?

Showdown in the Offing

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Key House Republican vows legislation to stop "gainful employment" rules. Could such a measure pass?

Charge of Illegal Lobbying Rejected

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Dismissing Republican assertions, inspector general concludes that top Education Department officials did not violate law in urging college officials to support student loan overhaul.

Gunning for the GAO

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Report from for-profit college lobbyist aims to undermine agency's much-publicized critique of the sector.

The House's New Higher Ed Leader

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WASHINGTON -- Given the state of the U.S. economy and the promises of Republican lawmakers to cut the deficit, much if not most of the Congressional activity surrounding higher education in the 112th Congress is likely to unfold in the House and Senate committees that set federal spending and overall budget and tax policies. But to the extent that the education committee in the House of Representatives weighs in on issues affecting colleges and universities, a face unfamiliar to many in higher education will have a large say.

For-Profit Colleges Open Another Front

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Amid publicity blitz and vows of legislative intervention, the sector's primary trade group sues Education Department to block new rules. Suit faces uphill climb.

Shielding Education and Research

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In State of the Union, President Obama vows to protect many programs important to colleges from 5-year freeze on federal spending.


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