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Field, Kelly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that members of Congress were poised to leave Washington last week with some major higher-education accomplishments to campaign on and a slate of unfinished business important to colleges. Topping the higher-education to-do list for the next Congressional session is federal spending for the 2009 fiscal year, which began…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Higher Education, Colleges
Field, Kelly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Yielding to pressure from Congress and grant recipients, the U.S. Education Department has agreed to abandon a controversial evaluation of the Upward Bound (UB) college-preparation program. The study, which began last year, was designed to measure whether Upward Bound would have a bigger impact on college-going rates if it were refocused on…
Descriptors: Control Groups, First Generation College Students, State Departments of Education, College Preparation
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Colleges, not surprisingly, aren't thrilled with provisions of the bill that will create "watch lists" of the most expensive institutions. The language could have been a lot worse. Back in 2005, when Republicans were in the majority, Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon of California proposed withholding federal aid from colleges that…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Aid, Copyrights, Paying for College
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Congress has passed a bill that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Now five years overdue, the new act created many programs and requirements for colleges and universities. Given all the time and effort that went into it, do aspects of the final legislation fall short? What key measures have been left out? In this article, six policy…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Aid, State Aid, Educational Finance
Field, Kelly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
It took five years, dozens of drafts, and a total of 14 extensions, but Congress last week was finally on the verge of passing a bill to renew the Higher Education Act, the major law governing federal student aid. The bill, after approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, was headed to the Senate, where a final vote was planned for late last…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Federal Aid
Fain, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that Congress is cranky about how colleges spend money. Over the last three years, regulation-minded lawmakers have investigated university endowments, intercollegiate athletics, and presidential pay, but that grilling has largely ceased. A presidential election has dulled legislative ambitions, and Congress has its hands full…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Tuition, Educational Finance, Higher Education
Kornfeld, Leo; Kantrowitz, Mark – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
As college costs have increased, and more federal and state aid has become merit-based, the doors of educational opportunity have closed for many students. Countless numbers are being denied access to college simply because they cannot afford it, undermining the fundamental policy object of the Higher Education Act of 1965. On Capitol Hill,…
Descriptors: Paying for College, State Federal Aid, Educational Policy, Educational Opportunities