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Simpson, John – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
America's present economic unraveling has attracted intense interest among policy makers and the public. A far greater number of analysts that predicted the crisis now seem to know a path out of it. To be sure, the new president does not lack for advice on how to fix the situation. While the financial and regulatory underpinnings of the current…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Crisis Management, Human Capital, Educational Opportunities
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When it comes to hard data about what they do, policy makers and educators in the humanities have been mostly left out in the cold, forced to rely on isolated statistics that do not give an overview of the field. That changed this month, as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences unveiled the prototype of its long-awaited Humanities Indicators…
Descriptors: Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Educational Indicators, Educational Trends
Wright, James – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The idea of providing returning veterans with benefits as both a reward for their service and as a means of enabling them to reintegrate into civilian life dates to the early history of the United States. Revolutionary War soldiers received military pensions, land grants, and other forms of care, depending on their service and its location. After…
Descriptors: Military Service, Educational Benefits, Veterans, Federal Legislation
Trani, Eugene P. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Economic news today is filled with discussion about whether the United States has entered a recession. For the author and other presidents of public colleges and universities, whether the downturn can be labeled a recession is far less important than dealing with the effects of economic conditions on institutions. During hard times, both public…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Institutional Survival, Retrenchment, Educational Finance
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last month several news organizations reported on the emergence of "fusion centers"--vast data clearinghouses, operated by state law-enforcement agencies, that can instantly call up key personal information on anyone: telephone numbers, insurance records, family ties, and much more. Architects of the fusion centers say they are a…
Descriptors: Databases, Privacy, Student Records, Federal Legislation
Field, Kelly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
More than three decades ago, the debate for Higher Education Act was open to the public. Today the process of crafting a compromise bill looks very different, and the forces shaping the major law governing student aid have shifted in ways both significant and subtle. The changes have given new voices a say in policy decisions and made it harder…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Paying for College, Federal Aid