Tag: Colleges

Citing Covid, Department Of Education Urges Colleges To Consider Financial Aid Appeals

The U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter on Friday, January 29, 2021 to encourage college financial aid administrators to use professional judgment to approve financial aid appeals, especially when students or their parents lose their jobs or are otherwise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 provides college financial aid administrators with the authority to

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Calls for long-term support for colleges amid warnings of ‘further strain’ from Covid pandemic

The Public Accounts Committee has called for long-term support for the further education sector (Getty Images/Vetta)
The Public Accounts Committee has called for long-term support for the further education sector (Getty Images/Vetta)

The government has been urged to provide long-term support for further education, amid warnings the coronavirus pandemic will put “further strain” on the sector.

Nearly half of all colleges are in financial special measures, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.

In a new report, the Commons committee said the financial health of the college sector has been a “cause for concern for many years”.

Theys said financial pressures were having a “detrimental impact” on education – and have forced some institutions to

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Education Department Blasts ‘Culture of Censorship’ at Colleges, Sets Up Free-Speech Email Hotline to Report Violations

The Education Department has set up a hotline where students and staff can report concerns about free-speech violations on college campuses, the latest effort by the Trump administration to ensure conservative or otherwise unpopular views are respected at schools they say can hew too liberal.

The Free Speech Hotline was announced Tuesday at an event billed to confront a “culture of censorship” at colleges and featuring Education Department officials, a current undergraduate and former and current professors. They spoke about the perceived dangers of stifling First Amendment rights by staging protests against guest speakers, heckling faculty members or limiting students’

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House committee subpoenas Education Department staff over for-profit colleges

Democrats on the House Education Committee have issued subpoenas for several career staff at the Department of Education as the panel investigates the owner of several for-profit colleges. 

The committee had been investigating department personnel since last year over the department’s handling of Dream Center Education Holdings as it collapsed. Dream Center owns the Art Institutes, Argosy University and South University.  

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Education Department eases colleges’ rules on reporting crimes

An Education Department agency has eased requirements for colleges to report crimes that occur on or near their campuses, ending some Obama-era strictures.

The Office of Postsecondary Education said that a lengthy handbook that guides compliance under the Clery Act overburdened schools with costly paperwork. The office has downsized the 265-page handbook to a 13-page document.

“[The requirements] can be challenging for some institutions of higher education to understand and satisfy,” the office said Friday in a news release.

Agency officials revised the handbook in 2011 and 2016, but the Education Department says the latest revision contains “significant changes” for

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