Policy Issues


Dordt College Wins $1.2 Million to Educate Future STEM Teachers

Dordt College has landed a $1.2 million grant that aims to help encourage students interested in careers as STEM educators.

New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Steve Hargadon Wants Tech — and Individuals — to Revolutionize Education

Steve Hargadon wants a revolution in education. He is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, a social networking website for educators, as well as a vehicle for online and in-person educational conferences. During the ISTE conference in San Antonio, TX, Hargadon will present at three sessions.

New MIT Lab Intends to Deliver Education Innovation to the World

To expand its mission of delivering education worldwide, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a research, policy, pedagogy and practice lab that intends to uncover new ways of delivering education to learners in developing countries. The new "J-WEL" lab will emphasize reaching underserved populations such as women and girls, and displaced persons.

The Risk — and Value — of College Transparency

As Congress proposes a new postsecondary data reporting framework to help calculate the worth of higher education, security and privacy issues loom.

Washington Prisoners Get Chance to Pursue 2-Year Degrees

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy estimated that the state received a return on investment of $20 for every dollar invested in correctional education.

Congress Seeks to Establish New Student Data System with College Transparency Act

A new bipartisan bill introduced this week in the United States Senate and House of Representatives aims to increase transparency on higher education outcomes.

U.S. Colleges Face Potential Loss of $250 Million from Drop in International Enrollments

The "Trump effect" could smack American colleges and universities to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars in tuition and fees if international student enrollment drops by only 5 percent.

DeVos: We're Just 'Scratching the Surface' of Ed with Tech

The new Secretary of the Department of Education told an audience of education innovators that she believed the role of technology in education has just begun to "scratch the surface," particularly in bringing "new opportunities" to rural populations.

FAFSA Tax Info Transfer Tool Down Until October

A tool that makes it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid won't be back up until Oct. 1, 2017. However, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA itself is still up and running.

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