Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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February 22, 2019
Senator Lamar Alexander wants to apply a single loan-repayment system to programs at all colleges, nonprofit and for-profit alike, drawing concerns about student access.
February 22, 2019
Lawmakers on the House Education and Labor Committee said Thursday that they are planning a series of bipartisan hearings as part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The five hearings will focus on the cost of college, accountability for institutions, degree completion, the role of community colleges and minority-serving institutions, and innovation.
February 22, 2019
The Education Department expects that student borrowers will soon use a single website to manage and make payments on their student loans -- a change its pursued during two different administrations. The Office of Federal Student Aid this week awarded a five-year contract to Accenture Federal Services to handle the new web portal and other customer service functions, including a single intake center for borrowers who call or email with questions about their accounts.
February 20, 2019
At a CNN town hall event this week, Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat running for her party’s presidential nomination, said she does not support proposals to make college tuition-free. “No, I am not for four-year college for all,” she said in response to an audience member’s question.
February 20, 2019
Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that a top Education Department official attempted to influence an investigation by its inspector general into the reinstatement of a troubled for-profit college accreditor. The Democrats told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a letter Tuesday that they “have become increasingly concerned by the department’s efforts to influence the independence of the OIG and that office’s critical work.”
February 19, 2019
Proposal to automatically deduct loan payments as a share of borrowers' paychecks promises big improvements but raises questions over some new complications, too.
February 14, 2019
The 2016 Democratic primary was defined in part by free college. But contenders seeking the party's nomination in 2020 have focused on a wide range of issues in higher ed, including debt relief, for-profits and sexual misconduct.
February 13, 2019
The Trump administration backtracked this week on two proposals that would reshape the role of college accreditors. The administration in January embarked on a rule-making process to overhaul the standards for accreditors, which act as the gatekeepers for federal student aid. But it came under fire from those organizations and colleges themselves for a proposed change that would alter the geographic scope of regional accreditors.
February 13, 2019
The Education Department said Tuesday it would reopen the public comment period for a proposed Title IX sexual misconduct rule. It's taking that step because of technical issues on the regulations.gov site that may have prevented some from submitting comments on the day of the deadline, Jan. 30.
February 7, 2019
Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday would codify into law a 2017 executive order directing federal agencies to work more closely with historically black colleges on opportunities for federal grants and contracts.

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January 7, 2019
The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.
May 8, 2018
Four-fifths of the money approved by Education Department to help students from Puerto Rico went to those on the mainland. And critics say new pot of money has application process that will disadvantage island universities.
February 8, 2018
Senate budget agreement lifts spending caps in ways that could enable significant gains in spending on research and student aid. But no solution is provided for undocumented students.
October 30, 2017
Many victims’ rights and civil rights groups are reserving judgment on Trump’s pick to lead the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, but advocates for Palestinian rights say his appointment could chill campus speech critical of Israel.
April 24, 2017
Academics, graduate students and others brave the cold and rain in Washington Saturday to rally for science and research. Participants told Inside Higher Ed why they joined the event.
November 18, 2016
Graduates who earned certificates at public institutions have larger salaries, but there is wide variation between programs even at the same institutions.
November 10, 2016
Donald Trump provided relatively few clues to what he might do as president, but he'll probably try to reverse some of President Obama's priorities, rolling back regulations, creating new political opening for for-profit colleges and curtailing collective bargaining rights.
September 2, 2016
Two Obama administration veterans are now advising Hillary Clinton's campaign, suggesting that as president she would continue aggressive enforcement policies of the current Education Department.
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