Policy Issues


Education Department Funds Innovation for $95 million

Recipients of this year's federal EIR grants include organizations that are undertaking promising work in teacher professional development, reading and writing, school leadership and other practices.

California Colleges Dumping Test Scores, Adopting GPA to Define College Readiness

Some state legislators were listening last year when a report from Education Northwest encouraged the use of grade point averages and school work in helping to determine how "college-ready" prospective students were.

Free College Finds Success in Tennessee

Tuition-free attendance in Tennessee is raising college and full-time enrollment and speeding the awarding of degrees. Those are the outcomes shared with the state's Board of Regents regarding the first class of "Tennessee Promise" students, who entered college in the fall of 2015 and have gone through four semesters since then.

Revamp of IPEDS Widens View on Student Outcomes

One big flaw of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Database System (IPEDS) has been fixed. The U.S. Department of Education has revamped its higher education database to begin tracking non-traditional students — the ones who aren't attending school full-time or aren't entering college as freshmen right from high school.

Ethics of Big Data Subject of $3 Million U Maryland Grant

The team will look to consumers, other researchers, providers and regulators in the United States and abroad to understand how different interested parties understand their obligations and decisions and how those decisions affect the way systems are designed and used.

White House Memo on STEM Ed Followed Up by Corporate Commitments

Finally, something the current White House and its previous residents can agree on: the need to invest in STEM education. President Trump this week issued a memo to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to divert $200 million from her agency's annual budget to grant programs that support "high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education."

Bicameral Act Promotes Federal Grants for OER

Five members of Congress have introduced a new law to encourage colleges and universities to try out or expand their use of open educational resources.

Bipartisan Report Advocates Use of Data to Improve Government, Including Education

A government report put into play during the Obama administration is pushing Congress, against privacy objections, to repeal current bans that limit how federally collected education data is used while also putting in place privacy and security protections.

International High School Students Represent Post-Secondary Opportunity

The growth in the number of international students coming to study in the United States hasn't just slowed in higher education. The current administration's efforts to more tightly control visa issuance has also slowed growth in the count of students from outside the country attending high school.

Report: Student Loan Debt Reaches $1.4 Trillion

Student loan debt in the United States has grown 149 percent over the last decade to reach $1.4 trillion, according to a new report. Over the same period, the average student loan debt per person went up 62 percent.

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