Policy Issues


ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

Department of Ed Outlines Vision for Tech in Higher Education

The report serves as an enhancement to the department's "National Education Technology Plan," a document that has been updated and published about every five years to articulate how technology can be used to expand education.

Study: Instructor Quality 'Clearly' an Important Factor in Student Success

The study analyzed information on 2,343 instructors who had taught 34,725 sections of MTH/208, covering a total of 396,038 student observations, between July 2000 and July 2014. Student performance on the final exam (or some variation) was used as the outcome measure.

President-Elect Advised to Scale Personalized Learning

KnowledgeWorks, a nonprofit that works with federal, state and district leaders to expand competency-based and personalized learning, has issued four recommendations on how Donald Trump and his proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, can "scale personalized learning."

Feds Release Final State Authorization Rules for Distance Ed Programs

The United States Department of Education has released its final rules to improve oversight and clarify the state authorization requirements for institutions to participate in federal student aid disbursement programs — which will impact more than 5.5 million students.

Annual FIRE Survey Finds Improvement in College Free Speech Policies

A new report out from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has issued red lights to 40 percent of institutions of higher education for their "severely restrictive" written policies on free speech. This year's survey of speech policies encompassed 449 schools.

Education Dept. Sees Disparity in Career Training Earnings

The gloves are off. According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Education, in every single category except three — culinary arts, aesthetology and cosmetology — mean earnings of students who graduate from career training programs delivered by public institutions are higher than the earnings for students who attended for-profit institutions.

What Will the Trump Presidency Mean for Education?

Disturbingly little is known with any certainty about President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s plans for education. Even credible speculation is difficult, given that Trump is far from a traditional Republican and that his statements on a range of issues have proved somewhat inconsistent over the last year or so. But one thing is certain for a Trump presidency backed by a Republican-dominated Congress: Education policy is going to move in a new direction.

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.

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