Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

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.

Today's the Day for HEA

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Posturing, panicking and backpedaling and, of course, politicking -- all of those were in ample supply Wednesday as lobbyists, lawmakers and other players prepared for today's House of Representatives debate over legislation to renew the Higher Education Act.

Developments were fast and furious on an array of fronts. Among the most significant:

House, Focusing on Cost, Approves Higher Education Act

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Many Republicans join Democrats in backing legislation to ratchet up scrutiny of college spending and pricing, toughen student loan oversight, and ease aid application.

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