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New Head of Federal Student Aid Announced

Posted on June 21 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday that she will appoint A. Wayne Johnson, a financial services executive, to oversee the government's $1.4 trillion student loan portfo...

Where Winds Are Blowing on Accreditation

Posted on June 21 2017

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission just happened to be the two agencies whose turn it was to appear before the federal panel on accre...

Year-round Pell Grants to be available this year

Posted on June 20 2017

Pell Grants for low-income college students can now be used for summer studies. The U.S. Education Department announced Monday that year-round Pell Grants will be available starting July 1, allowi...

Tracking Athletes' Sex Offenses

Posted on June 20 2017

When news surfaced recently that Oregon State University’s star baseball player was a convicted sex offender, the local newspaper asked the institution: When did you know? At age 15, Luke He...

Staffing Woes at the Education Department

Posted on June 20 2017

The Trump administration’s pick to oversee higher ed policy at the Department of Education is out of the running. In an email last week, Claude Pressnell, president of the Tennessee Independ...

Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations

Posted on June 19 2017

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights last week closed a long-running discrimination case involving a transgender student and withdrew its earlier findings that the girl had suff...

Overall Persistence Rate Declined Slightly for Fall 2015 Entering College Students

Posted on June 19 2017

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today its annual Persistence and Retention Snapshot Report. The report, which includes race and ethnicity data for the first time, d...

California State to Guarantee Admission for Qualified Applicants

Posted on June 19 2017

More than 30,000 students who meet California State University admissions requirements are turned away each year because there is no space for them in the system’s most popular programs. Und...

'Dreamers' to Stay in U.S. for Now, but Long-Term Fate Is Unclear

Posted on June 16 2017

President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued b...

Not Looking for Patterns

Posted on June 16 2017

The Department of Education last week outlined changes to civil rights investigations that advocates fear will mean less consistent findings of systemic discrimination at colleges.  Under the...