Government agencies

Harvard pushing Congress to cut endowment tax

Harvard is pushing Senate Democrats to consider reducing the controversial tax that draws an estimated $50 million annually from its $39 billion endowment. Many wealthy private universities want the tax eliminated.

Harvard's seal, a red field surrounded by laurels, with the word "Veritas" written on the pages of three books.

Outgoing Trump Education Department official calls for student debt relief

A. Wayne Johnson, a departing top official at the Office of Federal Student Aid under Betsy DeVos, calls for canceling federal student debt as his "signature issue" for a Senate run.


Top Education Department official discusses focus on public-facing data rather than regulation

Education Department official describes the administration's philosophy on accountability in higher education and agrees with fellow panelists on states' overreliance on federal funding.


National American University is latest for-profit chain to face financial turmoil

National American University will close campuses and focus on online programs in response to declining enrollments. But the for-profit chain's finances have drawn scrutiny from regulators.


Higher ed groups call for major changes to DeVos Title IX rule

Higher ed lobby says new regulations governing campus handling of sexual misconduct complaints would create a quasi-legal system that would burden colleges and infringe on the rights of students.


Trump administration official describes plan to 'rethink' higher education through upcoming rule-making sessions

Top Education Department official describes plan to "rethink" higher-education standards through new rule-making process, to be announced today, on accreditation, the credit hour standard, the faculty role online and more.


White House merger plan reignites debate on education, training

White House plan to merge two cabinet departments, likely a political nonstarter, renews debate over how best to rationalize government role in educating and training Americans.


Interest in Tenn.'s tuition-free program for adult students exceeds expectations

The state expands tuition-free scholarship beyond traditional-age students -- as other states follow suit -- and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers.


Federal court orders Education Dept. to reconsider ACICS's fate

U.S. judge says Education Department failed to consider key evidence in judging agency for for-profit colleges, and orders a new review.


Strayer and Capella announce merger amid continuing shake-up of for-profit college sector

Diversification bid from the two well-respected for-profits comes amid serious shake-up of the sector, which continues despite a more favorable regulatory climate.



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