Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

A College-Friendly Take on Rising Prices

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Hearing on rising tuitions, normally a scary topic for higher ed officials, treads gently and focuses on proposal to ensure better state funding of public colleges.

Cost of College a Bipartisan Concern

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House Democrats introduce Higher Education Act bill that would shame institutions that raise prices sharply; 747-page measure would increase federal role in other ways, too.

Who Should Be Ashamed?

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Congress is jazzed about plan to embarrass colleges with above-average tuition increases. But will the "watch list" identify profligate spenders -- or discriminate against colleges with working class students?

Warning on Tuition, Shift on Accreditation

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As House panel debates Higher Ed Act bill, lawmakers hammer home risk that rising prices could lead to further federal action. Plus a last-minute gambit on accreditation.

House Panel Backs Higher Ed Bill

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Colleges have mixed views on bipartisan legislation that wins unanimous approval; full House fails to override Bush veto of education/health spending bill.

The Pendulum Swings on Accreditation

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Regional agencies and college groups spar over Higher Education Act provision on learning outcomes. Does the rift open the door to increased federal role?

Downloading by Students Overstated

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Movie lobby blames human error for statistics that were used to call for more regulation of campus networks.

Degrees of Wealth and Generosity

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Congressional rhetoric is linking endowment payout rates to access for low-income students. But the data suggest no such relationship.

House Bill Would Alter College Cost Provisions

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Reworked Higher Ed Act legislation would limit scrutiny to 5 percent of colleges that raise tuition price the most, but ramp up other reporting requirements.

Higher Ed Act Gets Hairier

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With House poised to take up bill, one lawmaker offers plan to require 5 percent payout by endowments, and leaders back default-rate change pushed by for-profit colleges.


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