Pell Grants

Data May Show HBCUs at Best, Worst

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WASHINGTON – Historically black colleges and universities are expected to play a crucial role in improving the nation’s educational attainment levels by 2020, but they are likely to face some hard truths in the process. Speaking to a group of educators and policy analysts here Thursday, the man leading the White House initiative on HBCUs said he’s mining data that may show both what’s wrong and what’s right with these institutions.

“We are not going to run from whatever news there is, good or bad,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the initiative’s director.

Pell Shortfall Persists

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel wavered a bit from its House of Representatives counterpart, producing a 2011 funding bill Tuesday that aims to protect Pell Grants from cuts -- but doesn't fully fund the program -- and boosts funding to the National Institutes of Health.

At a brief drafting session, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a bill that provides $169.6 billion in discretionary funding, including $66.4 billion for the Education Department.

A Plea for Perkins

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At hearing Wednesday, lawmakers praise a student loan program that is facing a phaseout.

Learning From For-Profits

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Amid increasing scrutiny of for-profits, panel asks what proprietary colleges can teach non-profit sector. And a noted NPR analyst says newspaper ties to for-profit industry will keep regulators at bay.

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.

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.

Is Pell Too Big?

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As deficit crunch threatens to squeeze bedrock student aid program, even some supporters say time has come to examine its efficiency.

Holding the Line on Pell

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Senior Education Department official urges House panel to keep the key student aid program (mostly) whole.

Maximum Pell Safe For Now

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In the last-minute 2011 budget compromise, lawmakers sustain maximum Pell of $5,550, but cut summer grants. Attention now turns to 2012.

A Plea to Cut Pell Wisely

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If Congress must cut college grant program, higher ed economists urge, it should do so in ways that protect needy students and encourage academic progress.


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