Education

College Accreditation Red Tape Priority for New Education Rules

A senior Education Department official is making it a top priority to finish regulations on accreditor and college approval by a crucial Nov. 1 deadline, one the department has missed before.

Negotiations on a full plate of regulations start this week with talks on accreditation, standards for colleges, innovation, grants for teachers, distance learning, and religious schools.

Religious Colleges Praise Proposed Protections for Their Mission

The Education Department is siding with religious colleges and universities worried the accrediting agencies that oversee them won’t respect the restrictions they impose as part of their educational mission.

College accrediting agencies, which review and recognize colleges as eligible for federal funding, are required to respect the specific mission of a college.

Colleges Could Find Access to Federal Aid Easier Under Rule

Organizations offering college degrees and other post-secondary education credentials could have an easier time getting a slice of the $120 billion in annual federal student aid under a draft proposal by the federal government.

Consensus Likely to Elude Negotiations Over College Accrediting

Students, colleges and other groups will soon begin negotiating over a regulation for college accrediting agencies, the gatekeepers of $120 billion annually in federal student aid.

Colleges’ Online Push Possible Boon to Private Firms (Corrected)

Eastern Michigan University’s move to use a private company to help it offer online degrees raised questions from the faculty union’s president: Why did the contract with the company suggest it would control the curriculum of new degree programs, usually the domain of professors? And why was it partnered with another company offering academic coaches – akin to teaching assistants – as teachers instead of tenured professors?

Online Push By Colleges Could Be Gold Rush for Private Companies

Eastern Michigan University’s move to use a private company to help it offer online degrees raised questions from the faculty union’s president: Why did the contract with the company suggest it would control the curriculum of new degree programs, usually the domain of professors? And why was it partnered with another company offering athletic coaches as teachers instead of tenured professors?

Policy on School Discipline, Race Disparities in Crosshairs

The Education Department should roll back guidance focused on ending racial disparities in the way schools discipline students, a commission on school safety recommended in a package of proposals released Tuesday morning.

Ending the Obama-era guidance was one of numerous proposals made in a report from the Federal Commission on School Safety, composed of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and three other federal agency heads. The commission was formed in response to the shooting at a high school in Parkland,Fla., that left 17 people dead.

DeVos’s For-Profit College Policies Target of Incoming Chairman

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rollback of for-profit college regulations will be a target of House Democrats when they take over the majority next year.

Colleges Ask Education Department to Reimburse Forgiven Loans

College and financial aid administrators are asking the Education Department to repay schools that spent as much as $400 million forgiving student loans through a now-defunct program.

Perkins Loans were administered and serviced by colleges until Congress allowed the program to expire in September 2017.

Student Loan, Gainful Employment Rules Delayed, Official Says

The Education Department will miss a crucial deadline to reach a final regulation on forgiving loans made to students who say colleges used deceptive recruiting, potentially giving those students an extra year of debt forgiveness under more lenient standards.

The delay comes after the department received more than 38,000 comments on its draft “borrower defense” regulation and needed more time to review them, a Trump administration official said Tuesday.