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Education Department Moves Forward on Student Complaint Database

NAICU Washington Update

February 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is moving forward on a plan to create a centralized database to collect complaints and feedback from students and borrowers.

Additional Accreditation Reforms Offered by Education Department

NAICU Washington Update

February 11, 2016

In early February, the Department of Education publicly released a series of reforms aimed at further strengthening the accreditation process. The changes build off the previously outlined mandates released in November 2015.  

Obama Administration Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit

NAICU Washington Update

February 11, 2016

As part of the his budget proposal, President Obama announced plans to establish an Enforcement Office at the Department of Education to provide increased vigilance and quicker action in fighting fraud in the student aid programs.

Obama’s Final Student Aid Budget

NAICU Washington Update

February 11, 2016

President Obama released the administration’s FY 2017 Budget Request on February 9, which for higher education, builds on the themes of access, success, affordability, and completion that have driven his higher education policy directions.

Mixed Reviews on Tax Proposals in President’s Budget

NAICU Washington Update

February 11, 2016

President Obama’s budget includes several proposals that would significantly impact decision-making for students and families, as well as prospective donors to colleges and universities. 

Why College Activism Is Soaring

Christian Science Monitor

February 11, 2016

The recent success of protesters addressing issues of race on campus – from the University of Missouri to Ithaca College – may be the leading edge of a historic level of student activism.  Incoming college freshmen are more likely than ever before to say they are very likely to participate in protests while in college, an annual survey released Thursday shows.

How a Couple of Colleges Attacked the Status Quo by Booting Admissions Tests, Waitlists

Hechinger Report - Commentary

February 11, 2016

Meredith Twombly, dean of enrollment and retention at Hampshire College, writes: As the Supreme Court once again considers the role of affirmative action in college admissions, at least two institutions have quietly made significant leaps in terms of diversifying their student bodies by chipping away at barriers long-embedded in the traditional college admission system.

How to Level the Playing Field in College Admission

Forbes - Commentary

February 11, 2016

Steve Cohen, an attorney at KDLM, and the co-author of "Getting In", writes:  Harvard’s Graduate School of Education says it’s time for a kinder, gentler college admissions process. They believe the current college admission system emphasizes the wrong values and provides an uneven playing field; and that the emphasis on achievement is both designed for and gamed by middle and upper-middle class families.  But the report is totally silent on how the system also tilts the other way as well. 

Kindness Won't Cure College Admissions

Inside Higher Ed - Commentary

February 11, 2016

Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the former president of Bates College and past provost of Haverford College, writes:  A recent report from the Harvard School of Education asserts that some feel-good changes in admissions criteria will readily solve a number of recalcitrant problems. It’s hard to argue against personal kindness or the common good and even harder to find a college mission statement that doesn’t already say something about making the world a better place. But a moment’s thought about implementing these particular changes invites only skepticism and confusion.

Where the Candidates Stand on Higher Education - Commentary

February 11, 2016

Preston Cooper, a policy analyst at the Manhattan Institute and author of the new issue brief, "Reality Check: Only One-Third of College Enrollees End Up In Jobs Requiring College Degrees", writes: As the presidential primary race moves to South Carolina and Nevada, it is worth pausing for a moment to understand what might come to pass in the world of higher education during each candidate’s presidency. As one might expect, the contenders have quite a range of ideas.

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