More money for Pell Grants, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights are included in a new omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers need to pass the $1.3 trillion measure by Friday to avoid another government shutdown.
States should help low-income students enter college by offering more support, according to a new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Jennifer Glynn, co-author of the report, says states could help by paying for entrance exams and by encouraging low-income students to participate in advanced placement courses.
A House bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would remove some protections for veterans, including the so-called 90-10 rule that prevents for-profit schools from taking advantage of veterans. Tanya Ang, director of policy and outreach at Veterans Education Success, says the bill protects predatory lenders and for-profit schools over students.
Colleges and universities are spending time and money implementing programs to boost enrollment and help students graduate. One such program, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, has helped the City University of New York nearly double the graduation rate among participants, but per-student costs are proving prohibitive for some schools.
Leaders from historically black colleges and universities met in Washington, D.C., this week with technology industry leaders and lawmakers to discuss collaboration projects. During the HBCU STEAM Day of Action, Fisk University President Kevin Rome Sr. told participants it's important for industries to boost diversity and invest in HBCUs.
Declining enrollment and a $4.5 million budget deficit has caused administrators at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point to propose eliminating 13 social science and humanities majors such as English and philosophy. Leaders say they want to replace them with 16 new or expanded programs geared toward career training.
Leaders and faculty at research universities must work to foster a sense of creativity and imagination in their students, according to Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo. Speaking at a recent international summit, Hamdullahpur said his school focuses on cooperative education, and other college leaders say they're emphasizing humanities and arts programs in their curricula.
The University of Hawaii on Maui island is installing solar panels and other technology in an effort to become 100% reliable on renewable energy in the coming years. Currently, only a few colleges, including the University of New Hampshire, have committed to ending their reliance on fossil fuels.
A bill introduced in the House last year would allow up to $40,150 in student-loan-debt forgiveness per person for those who agree to delay their Social Security benefits. A survey from LendEdu shows 46% of people with student-loan debt would be willing to delay Social Security payments to have all or some of their student debt forgiven.
Attorneys with Harvard University's Project on Predatory Student Lending have filed a motion with a federal judge seeking to block the US Education Department's use of Social Security earnings data to grant partial loan relief to defrauded students. Lawyers say the department has no right to use the data for that purpose and that students have a legal right to full debt relief.