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New rules, old fight: Critics say U.S. proposals on implementing education law are heavy handed

Washington Post

May 27, 2016

The U.S. Education Department issued proposed regulations Thursday (see text below) to give states “the clarity they need” to implement the new K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. What’s clear is that the proposed regulations instantly sparked a new battle with some critics who charged the Obama administration with continuing to insert itself in issues where it doesn’t belong.

Surge in Americans Applying to Have Student Debt Canceled

Wall Street Journal

May 27, 2016

The Obama administration is wading through nearly 20,000 applications from Americans seeking to have student loans canceled on the grounds they were deceived by colleges, the fallout from a student-debt boom that already has led the government to forgive tens of millions of dollars of borrowings.

Employee Sues University After Data Leak

May 27, 2016

A Rockhurst University employee is suing the school after private information belonging to herself and another 1,200 of the school's employees was provided to criminals by one of her colleagues who fell prey to CEO fraud-type spear phishing last month.

Iowa Blocks Ashford U. From G.I. Bill Benefits

Inside Higher Ed

May 27, 2016

Iowa's Department of Education notified Bridgepoint Education -- the parent company of Ashford University -- that the state's approving agency would no longer approve the institution's programs for G.I. Bill benefits after June 30, according to a corporate filing.

Seminaries Squeezed

Inside Higher Ed

May 27, 2016

Mainline Protestant theological schools are exploring mergers and campus sales as they feel a prolonged enrollment and financial pinch, but experts see smaller institutions bubbling up under different faiths.

College graduation rates rise, but racial gaps persist and men still out-earn women

Hechinger Report

May 26, 2016

Whites, blacks, Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans are all graduating from college at higher rates now, but stubborn racial and gender gaps are widening, a new federal report finds. Women earn more college degrees than men but receive lower wages, while whites and Asian-Americans continue to earn bachelor’s degrees at higher rates than blacks and Hispanics.

Billions at Stake in University Patent Fights


May 26, 2016

Since Wisconsin founded the first office dedicated to licensing university research in 1925, what would be known as a “tech transfer,” other schools followed. Another turning point occurred in the late 1970s when schools lobbied Congress for passage of a bill that would give universities patent rights to discoveries made as a result of federally funded research. Congress, eager to boost American’s lagging competitiveness, passed the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980. Bayh-Dole cleared the way for colleges to retain patent rights and put an end to the prior case-by-case approval system.

Independent Investigators Seek to Save Colleges From Themselves

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 26, 2016

While colleges are often thought of as progressive institutions, they can be resistant to change and need an outside perspective, said James Sears Bryant, a lawyer with the law firm Spencer Fane.

States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

New York Times

May 26, 2016

The Obama administration on Wednesday faced the first major court challenge to its guidance about the civil rights of transgender students in public schools, as officials from 11 states filed a lawsuit testing both the scope of federal anti-discrimination law and the government’s sweeping interpretation of it.

States that tie higher education funding to performance have it all wrong, report says

Washington Post

May 26, 2016

Facing budget constraints and demand for greater accountability in higher education, states are tying public college and university funding to the schools’ ability to retain and graduate students. But a new paper from the Century Foundation argues that such performance-based funding models are reinforcing disparities within public higher education and doing little to move the needle on completion.
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