• Congress Advances Two-Year Budget Deal

    Posted on October 29 2015

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed, 266-167, a two-year budget package on Wednesday that would boost spending for domestic and defense programs and suspend the debt limit into 2017, The Washington Post reported. The measure now mov...

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  • Troubles are deepening for ITT Educational Services, Inside Higher Ed reported. The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced that it would place the embattled for-profit chain under stricter financial oversight and reporting requ...

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  • The U.S. Education Department this week released a new resource guide to help educators and community organizations better support undocumented youth, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. It includes a...

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  • The U.S. Education Department released a report late last week outlining a range of recommendations for improving the nation's student loan system, Inside Higher Ed reported. President Obama commissioned the report earlier this year ...

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  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Friday that he is departing the Obama administration after seven years, The Hill reported. Duncan announced his decision in a letter sent to Department of Education staff, and delivered form...

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  • When Congress failed last week to pass legislation to renew the federal Perkins Loan program, they also put an end to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. The committee counseled Congress and the Education Department o...

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  • Last month, the U.S. Education Department released an extensive reference guide for institutions that are participating in its Experimental Sites Initiative on competency-based education, reported Inside Higher Ed. The project, introduc...

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  • AACRAO Comments on Draft FERPA Guidance

    Posted on October 1 2015

    In August, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter on the disclosure of student medical records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The draft guidance reviewed and clarified the agency&...

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  • Democratic Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio introduced new legislation on Tuesday that would give the U.S. Department of Education greater powers ...

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  • Perkins Loan Program Expires

    Posted on October 1 2015

    The U.S. Senate failed to take action this week on a last-ditch effort to renew Perkins Loans, allowing the program to lapse, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Perkins, the oldest federal student loan program, made college...

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