For Some Republicans, Trump’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’

The GOP presidential nominee floated a plan that surprised policy experts. Some of them lamented the lateness and the lack of substance of his ideas.



Trump Said He Would ‘End’ Political Correctness on Campuses. Could a President Do That?

Probably not. But there are ways a president could mitigate the federal government’s role in shaping how colleges define and respond to the sort of criticism that Mr. Trump and many conservatives lament.



A Closer Look at Income-Based Repayment, the Centerpiece of Donald Trump's Unexpected Higher-Ed Speech

The presidential candidate caught many observers off guard by talking about a substantive higher-ed policy idea. Here’s some context to help make sense of his proposal.



Donald Trump Actually Talked About Higher Education on Thursday. Here's What He Said.

The Republican nominee for president made his first substantive remarks on academic issues at a speech in Ohio, less than a month before the election.



Kentucky’s Governor Has Raised Hackles Across Higher Ed. What’s His Plan?

The Republican has played rough with public colleges and state lawmakers, but so far his attempts to remake academe have mostly been struck down.



Clinton Wants to Show What Her College Plan Would Save You. Here’s What Some People Learned.

The Democratic presidential nominee promoted a calculator displaying her higher-education proposals. Voters who used it said they liked seeing that they’d save money, but some still had concerns.



Where the College Scorecard Has Gained Traction So Far — and Where It Hasn’t

A year ago, the Education Department released a revamped version of the online tool as a replacement for President Obama’s college-ratings plan. It’s caught on with some college counselors, if not so much with students.



Economists Offer Unconventional Wisdom on Student-Loan ‘Crisis’

Two new books seek to add nuance to the public debate about student debt. But can their evidence sway an audience steeped in anecdotes about struggling graduates?



Obama’s Legacy: An Unlikely Hawk on Higher Ed

Behind the "Professor President," advisers executed an accountability agenda driven by economic worry and national skepticism about the value of college.



After Public Colleges Suffer Many Blows, a Film Fires Back

A new documentary about some of the most polarizing fights in academe seeks to spur discussion of the financial and political forces shaping higher education.



Calif. Bill Would Give New Bias Protections to Gay Students at Religious Colleges

Gay-rights groups say the measure would bring much-needed transparency to the institutions’ evasion of Title IX and a state anti-discrimination law. Several of those colleges say it threatens their autonomy and their beliefs.



How Clinton's 'Free College' Could Cause a Cascade of Problems

The Democratic nominee’s proposal might sound great, but it could close many colleges, pressure some flagships, and disappoint students.



‘Stereotypes Are at the Center’: a White House Official on Why Native Students Often Struggle

William Mendoza, director of the Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, had several false starts before completing college. He discusses how tribal colleges helped him find his way, and why they remain relevant to students today.


Disturbed by Protests, State Lawmakers Appoint a Panel to Audit the U. of Missouri

The Missouri legislature has put together a commission to recommend changes in the state-university system. Nothing is off limits.



Is Student-Loan Debt Really Holding Would-Be Entrepreneurs Back?

Hillary Clinton wants to help aspiring business creators with their loans. Higher-education experts don’t think that’s the best way to help them out.



4 Ways Cleveland’s Colleges Are Bracing for the Republican Convention

Amid concerns over protests and other potential unrest, institutions like Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College are expanding their police presence and advising students on how to stay safe.



Can a City's Compassion Remedy Educational Inequity?

Louisville, Ky., wants to be known for sending its kids, all of them, to college. And it has a plan to make that happen.



Call to Shut Down a Controversial Accreditor Could Shake For-Profit Higher Ed

The Education Department’s recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition could carry far-reaching consequences.


U.S. Proposes Easier Path to Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

In a draft rule set to be released this week, the Education Department takes steps prompted by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges.



State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Campus Speech, With Mixed Success

Arizona bars public colleges from confining protests to "speech zones," but other states’ legislatures resist taking stands on hot-button issues like microaggressions and trigger warnings.



Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here are Some Clues.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t released a plan, but he has commented on student loans, international students, and more.



Where Does the Regional State University Go From Here?

Reeling from financial crises, the workhorse of public education is being reshaped on the fly.


What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.