Policy Issues


Free and Low-Cost Learning Resources Fail To Gain Traction in Statewide Program

They're free. They're high-quality. So why aren't open educational resources catching on in the state of Washington, which launched and subsidized — with the help of the Gates Foundation — a statewide effort to provide free and reduced-cost learning materials to college students?

Gainful Employment: New Priorities for U.S. Higher Education IT Departments

While IT was never invited to the policy table during Gainful Employment negotiations, administrative IT departments at most institutions — but particularly those at community colleges and for-profit colleges — will bear responsibility under new regulations proposed by the United States Department of Education.

Report: 6 Technology Barriers in Education

Technological illiteracy and lack of supports for faculty members are critical problems facing colleges and universities. But they're solvable. Unfortunately, according to a new report released this week, much more difficult challenges loom for education.

Science and Engineering Doctorates for Women 'Increasing Rapidly'

Over the last 10 years, the number of doctorates in physical sciences and engineering awarded to women by American universities has grown by nearly two-thirds. However, according to the latest data available, women still account for only 30 percent of doctorates in physical sciences and engineering.

Do Corporate Philanthropists Have a Seat at the Education Policy Table? Duncan: 'Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth'

Is there a corporate agenda in the United States Department of Education? According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, no.

Brief: Budget Passes Senate, Heads to President for Approval

The Senate has passed a $1.1 trillion budget that includes $70.6 billion for education.

Will Net Neutrality Ruling Doom Education to Second-Class Status?

The ruling this week by a federal court on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order may turn out to be, as one commenter called it, "a terrible idea," or, as another observer put it, a source of "a lot of overheated rhetoric." Education, for its part, could well see major changes to how it's able to deliver learning content to students online.

Feds Call on Universities for Ideas for 'Experimental Sites,' New Learning Technologies

The Obama administration is asking colleges and universities for new ideas related to college affordability and technologies to advance student learning at all levels.

House Approves Appropriations Bill, Ed Budget Down Slightly at $70 Billion

Congress is close to approving a $1 trillion bill to fund the government for 2014 and 2015 that teeters in between the wishes put forward by the White House, the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The bill passed in the United States House of Representatives today 359-67 and will next be taken up in the Senate.

Proposed Ed Budget Down Slightly at $70 Billion; Low Income Students and Early Ed Look To Be Winners

Congress is close to approving a $1 trillion bill to fund the government for 2014 and 2015 that teeters in between the wishes put forward by the White House, the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.