Policy Issues


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.

Blazing the Trail: Competency-Based Education at SNHU

CT asks Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc about the implications of competency-based assessment.

25 Programs To Receive $134 Million in Federal Funds

The United States Department of Education recently published its list of the 25 programs that will receive funding in the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Those programs will receive a combined total of $134 million before the end of the year.

Snapshot: Federal Higher Ed R&D Spending by Agency

Federal funding for university research and development has fallen off for the first time since 1974. Two agencies accounted for the decline.

Report: Universities Anticipate 'Devastating Impact' of Sustained Cuts to Research Funding

Across-the-board cuts in federal spending have already had "immediate, detrimental effects" on research universities, including losses in personnel, a diminished capacity for purchasing equipment, a drop in productivity and cuts to research programs. And it's having a serious, negative impact on students as well, according to a new report.

State R&D Funding Increases 11.3%, Dominated by Environment, Health

States spent $1.4 billion in research and development in the latest fiscal year for which there is information, an 11.3 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Academic institutions claimed the largest share of external expenditures.