Possible Setback for Program Integrity Rules

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A bipartisan group of legislators votes to advance a bill that would block rules governing state authorization and the definition of a credit hour.

Congress Sends a Signal

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In the prevailing climate of recent Congresses, dominated by the push for belt tightening and the shift of power to the states, college officials and other beneficiaries of federal funds tend to shudder when lawmakers use the words "streamline" or "consolidate" to refer to key programs. Too often, the officials fear, the words "eliminate" or "reduce" will follow at some later date.

Credit Check

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Rep. John Boehner told a group of college presidents Tuesday that members of Congress are tired of hearing from constituents who can't figure out why their children can't transfer credit from one institution to another.

"We hear about it nonstop," Boehner (R-Ohio) said. He said that both of his daughters were "caught up" in the issue, thinking that they were taking courses that would transfer -- only to find out that wasn't the case.

Congress to Colleges: Bush Budget is DOA

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Put a bunch of college officials in a room the week after the release of the federal budget proposal, and it's not hard to tell what it contained. Lots of money, lots of smiles (O.K., that doesn't happen a lot).

With a budget like last week's -- full of hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to programs that colleges hold dear -- the mood is one of uncertainty and frustration. And that was evident Monday at the National Legislative Summit put on annually by the Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges.

Looking Good by Comparison

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It's not often that National Collegiate Athletic Association officials get dragged before Congress and come out smelling like a rose. But that's what happened Thursday at a House hearing on the use of anabolic steroids in sports, and the NCAA has Major League Baseball to thank.

Members of two House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittees raked baseball officials over the coals at the hearing, condemning the league repeatedly for doing too little, and too late, to uncover steroid use and to punish those found to have used the muscle-building drugs.

Senate Passes Perkins

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Moving expeditiously, the full chamber approves a vocational education bill.

Falling Behind in International Education

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A Congressional hearing suggests an easing of visa problems but a looming crisis in U.S. competitiveness.

Collision Course on the U.S. Budget

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House and Senate budget resolutions set differing directions, promising a showdown that could affect education programs.

2004 Reauthorization, Take Two

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House Republicans unveiled their proposals for renewing the law that governs federal financial aid programs, which mirror the bill introduced last year.

Professional (Lobbying) Help

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College associations have hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to help them fight for, and against, potential changes in the tax code.


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