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Executive Director Update - March 23, 2017

Posted on March 23 2017by Michael Reilly

Last week, President Trump released his budget which proposes $54 billion in cuts in discretionary spending across the federal government. More specifically, the budget proposal call...

Turning Down Top Choices

Posted on March 23 2017

Every year, prospective students receive offers to attend their college or university of choice. And every year, some of them turn down those offers. Common wisdom holds that cost is a major facto...

Reading the Tea Leaves: More Cuts to Student Aid Expected

Posted on March 23 2017

The Trump Administration last week released a budget request to Congress that was light on detail and heavy on cuts to student aid. But while most of the concern over student aid affordab...

Do Pell Grants Discourage Marriage?

Posted on March 23 2017

Toward the end of a nearly three-hour hearing on improving the federal student aid system Wednesday, Representative Glenn Grothman identified an issue with Pell Grants that doesn't get much att...

Presidents Call on Trump to Protect Dreamers

Posted on March 21 2017

More than 560 college and university presidents have signed a letter urging President Trump to keep in place protections for "Dreamers," a term for immigrants who were brou...

Elizabeth Warren questions the hiring of for-profit-college officials at the Education Department

Posted on March 21 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to explain the hiring of two officials with ties to the for-profit-college industry, questioning their roles and poten...

What Did Black Colleges Win From Meetings With Trump?

Posted on March 21 2017

The Trump budget proposal released last week promised to maintain institutional support for historically black colleges. But it does so while dealing a blow to grant-based and work-study programs o...

The Unbundling University

Posted on March 21 2017

The University of Maryland University College is tearing itself apart -- on purpose. The university, which gets nearly all of its funding from tuition revenue, has long relied on enrolling large n...

Betsy DeVos's Hiring of For-Profit College Official Raises Impartiality Issues

Posted on March 20 2017

As chief compliance officer for a corporate owner of for-profit colleges, Robert S. Eitel spent the past 18 months as a top lawyer for a company facing multiple government investigations, incl...

Canada's Moment

Posted on March 20 2017

Leigh-Ellen Keating, who directs international services for Brock University, in Ontario, just attended a student recruiting fair in Mexico. “The table was flooded with people, which is not h...