Policy Issues


Florida Performance Funding Metric Looks at Student 'Sticker Price'

Universities and colleges in Florida will shortly be evaluated by a new student-focused metric newly introduced into their annual state evaluations.

Proposed NC Law Puts Professors in the K-12 Classroom

North Carolina is tackling the problem of teacher shortages by proposing legislation that would allow faculty from higher education to work as adjunct instructors within K-12 schools in core academic subjects without a teaching license.

Research: Community College Pays Off

Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program.

Education Department Database Publishes Accreditation Warnings

The United States Department of Education last week published a database of accreditation reporting statuses — a move that means more transparency for higher education.

Letter From Higher Ed and Library Groups Supports Net Neutrality

Various higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities nationwide Thursday sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Reily, urging them to uphold the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.

New Mexico Has Most Affordable College Credits, Vermont Most Expensive

New Mexico comes up on top as the state where college credits are the cheapest in the country. There, students in a two-year or four-year public institution pay on average $113 per credit. No. 2 is California, where the price is $120 per credit. And Wyoming is No. 3 at $122 per credit.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

Trump Budget Proposal Cuts Funding for Education Department, Student Aid

President Trump Thursday morning released a $1.15 trillion budget proposal that cuts the United States Department of Education’s $68 billion budget by $9.2 billion (or 13.5 percent), down to $59 billion.

Interactive Tool Examines Lawmaker Student Debt Stance

At the same time a bipartisan group of lawmakers is promoting a tax incentive for employers who help students pay down their student loan debt, a new interactive tool lets users examine just how much their senators and congressmen care about their own state's or district's level of student debt.

Eradicating Black-White Graduation Gap Demands Multi-Pronged Efforts

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for black students at 676 traditional public and private nonprofit institutions is 45 percent — 19 points lower than the 65 percent graduation rate for white students.

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