Policy Issues


Perkins Act Update Stalls in U.S. Senate

A major revamp of the federal regulations and funding rules related to career and technical education in this country is on hold after the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions canceled a scheduled meeting.

A Million Students Push for Postsecondary Data Reform

Nonprofit advocacy organization Young Invincibles has published a new education agenda calling on policymakers to overturn the Student Unit Record Ban, as well as additional reforms to make higher education data more transparent.

University of Michigan Wins $5 Million Grant to Study Common Core

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University have received a grant worth nearly $5 million from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation for the first phase of a five year study on the effects of the Common Core State Standards on teaching and learning.

Gates Foundation Pushes More Data Tracking in Higher Ed, Linking Outcomes to Funding

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is once again calling for change in higher education. Among other things, the politically influential Gates Foundation is now pushing for reforms that are reminiscent in some ways of the K-12 reforms the organization has forwarded in recent years, including all-encompassing tracking of student outcome data and connecting such data to institutional funding.

Clinton Campaign Launches College Cost Calculator

Hillary Clinton’s campaign released an online tool that calculates the cost of college under the presidential candidate’s higher education plans.

Student Privacy in Higher Ed Focus of Stanford-Hosted Project

A new initiative at Stanford University hopes to lay the groundwork for the responsible use of student data in higher education.

Free Tool Helps Estimate CBE-Related Costs, Revenues

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has launched a tool designed to assist institutions in planning out costs and revenues associated with CBE-related activities, including staffing decisions and resources for course design and delivery.

Report: Online Courses and Free Market Can Crack Higher Ed 'Problems'

A new brief from a public policy think tank suggests getting rid of the link between federal student aid and college accreditation and even allowing the market to choose which schools are worthy of staying open.

Senate Bill Aims to Provide Shot in Arm for CTE

Career and technical education could get a boost if bi-partisan legislation moves ahead.

Bill Aims to Simplify FAFSA Financial Aid Process

Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation that would simplify the FAFSA process.

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