Policy Issues


Perkins Act Given Another 6 Years of Life

After six years of kicking around the official language for an updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education bill, Congress and the president have voted and signed the act into law. The Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), which has been considered for reauthorization since 2012, commits between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the program over the next six years.

Texas Draft Report Tackles Dual-Credit Outcomes

A recent draft report on dual credit participation by Texas students confirmed that those who took such courses had better college outcomes than high school graduates who didn't; that they completed their college degrees faster; and that although progress is being made, a participation "disparity" still exists for "less advantaged groups."

California Considers Piloting Income Share Agreements

One of the bills awaiting action in California's Senate and Assembly is A.B. 2479, which would require the state's two university systems to pilot an income share agreement.

Round 1 of Federal Challenge Amasses Ideas to Reboot Higher Ed

With just a few days to go in the competition, nearly 80 detailed projects have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge."

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

Autonomy of Traditional Accrediting Bodies 'Waning'

A new report developed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, its International Quality Group and NORC at the University of Chicago examines "emerging approaches" for judging quality in higher education.

'Reverse Transfer' Idea Gets Fresh Congressional Push

Senate bill 2986, "Correctly Recognizing Educational Achievements to Empower Graduates Act," was re-introduced in early June. The bill would encourage states to establish or expand reverse transfer programs, initiatives that award associate degrees to individuals who have transferred to a four-year college from a community college without first earning an associate degree.

Bill Offers Alternative Approach to Student Data Collection

An organization that has blocked efforts to allow the federal collection of student outcomes data on the basis of protecting student privacy rights has come out in support of an alternative approach being kicked around in Congress. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities issued a statement recently in support of legislation that would bypass the idea of a central federal database but still enable the generation of insights about how students fare after graduation.

Report Promotes Pell Grants for High Schoolers in Early College Courses

A new report has recommended continuation of a pilot to allow high school students to use Pell grants to cover the costs of college courses. The Alliance for Excellent Education is pushing Congress to consider the test involving early college high schools and dual-enrollment programs because it believes the move could boost college enrollment and completion.

What GDPR Means for U.S. Higher Education

With the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation looming, colleges and universities in the United States are working out how to achieve compliance.

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