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Higher Education in Political Crosshairs as 2024 Election Heats Up

Higher Education in Political Crosshairs as 2024 Election Heats Up

January 16, 2024

The fight for control of the White House and Congress in 2024 has already seen calls from candidates to fire “radical left” accreditors, end the tax-exempt status of elite universities and defund some colleges. It’s one sign among many that higher education policy, typically a back-burner issue in federal campaigns, could play an unusual role in this year’s elections. Higher education has found itself increasingly in the headlines—and the political crosshairs—in recent years, as public confidence in the value of colleges and universities has plummeted. 
The fight for control of the White House and Congress in 2024 has already seen calls from candidates to fire “radical left” accreditors, end the tax-exempt status of elite universities and defund some colleges. It’s one sign among many that higher education policy, typically a back-burner issue in federal campaigns, could play an unusual role in this year’s elections. Higher education has found itself increasingly in the headlines—and the political crosshairs—in recent years, as public confidence in the value of colleges and universities has plummeted. 

January 16, 2024

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Education Dept. Fast-Tracks Forgiveness for Borrowers With Smaller Student Loans

Education Dept. Fast-Tracks Forgiveness for Borrowers With Smaller ...

January 12, 2024

In a surprise move, the Biden administration says it will fast-track a big change, previously scheduled for July, that will soon erase the debts of thousands of federal student loan borrowers — undergraduate as well as graduate students who initially borrowed less than $21,000.
 
In a surprise move, the Biden administration says it will fast-track a big change, previously scheduled for July, that will soon erase the debts of thousands of federal student loan borrowers — undergraduate as well as graduate students who initially borrowed less than $21,000.
 

January 12, 2024

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Inside Higher Ed

Senate Bill Takes on Campus Antisemitism

Senate Bill Takes on Campus Antisemitism

January 12, 2024

Colleges and universities would have to report annually the number of civil rights complaints they receive and how they addressed them under a new Senate bill introduced Thursday. Sponsored by Dr. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican senator, and Senator John Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat, the legislation would require colleges to give students information about how to file a complaint with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. 
Colleges and universities would have to report annually the number of civil rights complaints they receive and how they addressed them under a new Senate bill introduced Thursday. Sponsored by Dr. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican senator, and Senator John Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat, the legislation would require colleges to give students information about how to file a complaint with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. 

January 12, 2024

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Inside Higher Ed

House Republicans Release Plan to Overhaul Federal Student Loan System

House Republicans Release Plan to Overhaul Federal Student Loan System

January 12, 2024

A sweeping House bill introduced Thursday would cap how much students can borrow for higher education and put colleges and universities on the hook for unpaid loans. Representative Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican and sponsor of the College Cost Reduction Act, said the bill is aimed at making college more affordable for students and families, with changes to the student loan system and new incentives for colleges to cap their costs.

A sweeping House bill introduced Thursday would cap how much students can borrow for higher education and put colleges and universities on the hook for unpaid loans. Representative Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican and sponsor of the College Cost Reduction Act, said the bill is aimed at making college more affordable for students and families, with changes to the student loan system and new incentives for colleges to cap their costs.

January 12, 2024

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Where Does the College Presidency Go From Here? - Commentary

Where Does the College Presidency Go From Here? - Commentary

January 12, 2024

Holden Thorp, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, and former provost of Washington University in St. Louis and chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writes: Since the disastrous congressional hearing on December 5, national news outlets have become obsessed with the presidents of three private universities that represent a tiny percentage of the roughly 4,000 colleges in the United States. The presidents made missteps in the hearing, which centered on whether they could have done more to stop antisemitic actions that took place on their campuses: Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania.

 
Holden Thorp, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, and former provost of Washington University in St. Louis and chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writes: Since the disastrous congressional hearing on December 5, national news outlets have become obsessed with the presidents of three private universities that represent a tiny percentage of the roughly 4,000 colleges in the United States. The presidents made missteps in the hearing, which centered on whether they could have done more to stop antisemitic actions that took place on their campuses: Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

January 12, 2024

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