Policy Issues


Higher Ed Committee Offers Three Dozen Recommendations for Updating HEA

A new report from the "Higher Education Committee of 50" offered 36 recommendations for helping students overcome the obstacles preventing them from "enrolling in, paying for and graduating from college." Among them: allowing for the filing of multi-year FAFSAs; eliminating the ban on collecting student unit-record level data; and requiring the U.S. Department of Education to add a "dynamic, user-tested truth-in-lending calculator and annual debt letter to the advising process of prospective students and to StudentLoans.gov, the federal web portal for borrowers.

White House Unveils Higher Education Act Reauthorization Principles

The Trump administration is weighing in on the upcoming HEA reauthorization with a set of proposed reforms.

House Hearing Tackles College Affordability

Lawmakers in the House Education and Labor Committee are eager to address affordability in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Senators Introduce College Transparency Bill

A bipartisan bill would modernize the U.S. Department of Education's college reporting system for post-secondary data.

Feds Debate Mods to Credit Hour Definition

How long is a credit hour? That's the question at the heart of a discussion going on in a committee of distance learning influencers who are part of a negotiated rulemaking process that has met for the last three months to set out a proposal for federal regulation on accreditation for the U.S. Department of Education.

Senate Committee Advocates FAFSA Reforms

Sen. Lamar Alexander plans to once again push his colleagues in Congress to simplify the FAFSA process as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization.

Colleges Form Network to Support Public Interest Tech

A group of 21 colleges and universities are coming together to advance and shape public advancements in technology to serve the public good.

Trump 2020 Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Education Programs

The proposal would cut the amount of money dedicated to the U.S. Department of Education by 10 percent at the program level.

Bill Introduced to Strengthen HBCU-DHS Relationship

A new bill in Congress would require the Department of Homeland Security issue a strategy to strength its relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

About a Third of High Schoolers Tackle Dual Enrollment Classes

A "data point" study by the National Center for Education Statistics reported that about a third of high school students in the 2009 to 2013 cohort took dual enrollment classes, mostly at their own schools.

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