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Boston U. and Wheelock College Explore Potential Merger

Boston University and Wheelock College, a private institution one mile away from the university’s Charles River campus, will begin formal merger discussions, according to a joint statement from the institutions on Tuesday.

The discussions are the result of a strategic-planning effort at Wheelock College that aimed to “ensure the mission of the college remains sustainable.”

In the coming weeks, the institutions plan to examine what the merged academic units and services would look like, the joint…


Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.

James B. Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is headed back to campus this fall. He has been named as the opening convocation speaker at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C., and appointed the 2017-18 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, according to a university news release.

Over the course of the year, Mr. Comey will lead a lecture series that includes five lectures with an array of speakers, the release…


Troubled Charlotte School of Law Will Close Its Doors, Reports Say

Updated (9:25 p.m., 8/15/2017) with additional detail.

Charlotte School of Law, a troubled for-profit law school in North Carolina, will close its doors for good ahead of the fall semester, according to several reports.

Lee Robertson Jr., president of the institution’s alumni group, said in an e-mail sent on Tuesday morning to the group’s members that he had spoken to the interim dean, Paul Meggett, and that it seemed there was no path forward. Students, he added, would be informed on Tuesday.


Here’s What Betsy DeVos Told the Associated Press About Higher Ed

Since being confirmed as Education Secretary in February, Betsy DeVos has not regularly spoken with the media. Last Wednesday, however, she sat down for a 30-minute conversation with the Associated Press to discuss a range of topics, including campus sexual assault and whether or not the department plans to take action on race-conscious admissions.

Here are the higher education takeaways from the interview:

Consumer Rules

The department announced in June that it would “pause” and re-regulate the…


Education Dept.’s Progress Is Stalled in Complying With Consumer Rule

The Education Department has not made any progress toward generating data this year to comply with the Obama-era gainful-employment rule and does not have “any timetable” for doing so, according to a letter last week from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The hotly contested regulation, a holdover from President Barack Obama’s administration, is meant to hold career-preparation programs accountable when their graduates’ education debts consistently exceed their ability to repay them.

The letter c…


Education Dept. Hits Reset on Process to Choose Student-Loan Servicer

The Education Department will cancel its current competition to select a company to service the billions of dollars in student loans it issues, and will start over, the department announced late Tuesday.

“The FSA Student Loan Program represents the equivalent of being the largest special-purpose consumer bank in the world,” said A. Wayne Johnson, chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office, in a news release announcing the move. “To improve customer service, we will take the best…


Bipartisan Senators Resist DeVos’s Switch on Loan Servicing

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate introduced legislation on Monday that would cancel the Department of Education’s process to choose a contractor to service the billions of dollars in student loans that it issues.

The legislation, the Student Loan Servicer Performance Accountability Act, is sponsored by Sen. Roy D. Blunt, Republican of Missouri; Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts; Sen. James P. Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma; and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat …


Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official

Updated (7/17/2017, 6:53 p.m.) with statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, is calling for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove Candice E. Jackson as the top civil-rights official in the Education Department after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.

“In the three months she has been acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson’s words and actions have made it clear wh…


Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Texas Campus-Carry Law

A lawsuit filed last year by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin that sought to reverse the state’s controversial campus-carry law has been dismissed by a federal judge, The Texas Tribune reports.

Lee Yeakel, the judge presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, wrote that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, a professor of sociology; Lisa L. Moore, a professor of English; and Mia Carter, an associate professor of English — di…


18 States Sue Education Dept. Over Rollback of Borrower-Defense Rule

Updated (7/6/2017, 4:38 p.m.) with response from the Education Department.

A coalition of states is suing the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, and her department over its decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation aimed at reining in abuses by colleges that defraud students.

The lawsuit was announced by the office of Massachusetts’ attorney general, Maura Healey, which is leading the coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in the dispute. The complaint, filed in federal court, ar…