PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://www.chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ 2017-02-28T02:44:52-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Federal Panel Gives Controversial Community-College Accreditor a Clean Slate http://www.chronicle.com/article/Federal-Panel-Gives/239307 2017-02-23T11:28:00-05:00 Despite heated opposition, the committee that oversees accreditors recommended that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges continue its status as a gatekeeper of federal student aid for 18 months. By Eric Kelderman Jerry Falwell Jr. Has the President’s Ear. Should Higher Ed Speak With Him? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Jerry-Falwell-Jr-Has-the/239262 2017-02-22T04:56:00-05:00 Many college leaders are more than willing to see the Liberty University president champion deregulation. But fewer are eager to be associated with his political views. By Goldie Blumenstyk Vocal Critic of Office for Civil Rights Is Likely to Lead It http://www.chronicle.com/article/Vocal-Critic-of-Office-for/239225 2017-02-17T04:55:00-05:00 Strong foes of the Education Department’s recent handling of Title IX and race-based discrimination are seen as the Trump administration’s top candidates for assistant secretary for civil rights. By Peter Schmidt How Much Power Does Betsy DeVos Really Hold to Shake Up Higher Ed? http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Much-Power-Does-Betsy/239226 2017-02-16T23:23:00-05:00 Many of the new secretary’s critics have worried about what she might do, but most education secretaries have left a limited mark on higher education. Here’s why. By Kelly Field What Reality TV Taught Trump, According to Professors Who Study It http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Reality-TV-Taught-Trump/239200 2017-02-15T04:57:00-05:00 Scholars of the genre say hosting The Apprentice taught President Trump about the power of spectacle and self-promotion. By Kelly Field Trump’s Focus on Black Colleges May Seem Unexpected, but the Conversation Started Months Ago http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-s-Focus-on-Black/239190 2017-02-13T04:55:00-05:00 HBCU leaders say the attention is welcome, but they are moving cautiously to ensure the focus is on helping students, not scoring political points. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz U.S. Closure of Animal-Use Database Alarms Both Scientists and Protesters http://www.chronicle.com/article/US-Closure-of-Animal-Use/239191 2017-02-13T04:44:00-05:00 Academics are among those who say the move reduces public accountability and unfairly suggests that researchers have something to hide. By Paul Basken State Lawmakers Seek to Force Public Colleges to Protect Speech Rights http://www.chronicle.com/article/State-Lawmakers-Seek-to-Force/239171 2017-02-10T04:55:00-05:00 New bills try to put new pressure on the colleges to uphold the First Amendment. In two states, legislators want to require such institutions to punish students who attempt to shout down speakers. By Peter Schmidt Court Rebukes Trump’s Travel Ban, and Harm to Universities Plays a Key Role http://www.chronicle.com/article/Court-Rebukes-Trump-s-Travel/239173 2017-02-09T23:12:49-05:00 A panel of appellate judges affirmed that states have legal standing to challenge the executive order, specifically because of its impact on students and researchers at their public universities. By Goldie Blumenstyk, Shannon Najmabadi, and Sarah Brown Betsy DeVos Survived a Historic Confirmation Fight. What’s Next for Higher Ed? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Betsy-DeVos-Survived-a/239143 2017-02-08T04:55:21-05:00 Some experts wonder how much lawmakers will be able to get done on higher education, given their competing priorities and the bitterness over the new secretary’s selection. By Kelly Field Universities Spoke Up in Case That Led to Ruling Halting Trump’s Travel Ban http://www.chronicle.com/article/Universities-Spoke-Up-in-Case/239128 2017-02-05T22:07:00-05:00 The University of Washington, Washington State University, and the community and technical colleges of Washington all submitted statements to the court about how the ban was affecting them. By Goldie Blumenstyk Trump Can’t Cut Off Berkeley’s Funds by Himself. His Threat Still Raised Alarm. http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-Can-t-Cut-Off/239100 2017-02-03T04:52:38-05:00 The president’s response to violent protests at the University of California at Berkeley drew criticism from many people in academe. It also made clear that universities need to tread carefully in free-speech controversies. By Sarah Brown and Katherine Mangan Jerry Falwell’s New Higher-Ed Task Force Could Take Cues From a Private-College Association’s Playbook http://www.chronicle.com/article/Jerry-Falwell-s-New/239080 2017-02-01T15:48:00-05:00 A policy memo cited by the Liberty University president highlights several areas deemed ripe for deregulation in higher education. By Goldie Blumenstyk Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Will Lead Federal Task Force on Higher-Ed Policy http://www.chronicle.com/article/Jerry-Falwell-Jr-Says-He-Will/239062 2017-01-31T16:16:00-05:00 The focus of the group, the Liberty University president says, will be to respond to “overreaching regulation” and micromanagement by the U.S. Department of Education. By Goldie Blumenstyk Why Trump’s Billionaire Nominee Has Awakened Such Fierce Opposition http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Trump-s-Billionaire/239027 2017-01-27T04:55:00-05:00 Betsy DeVos, a school-choice advocate, has the Senate’s Republican majority on her side. The education establishment is another matter. By Eric Kelderman The Battle Lines Over Betsy DeVos http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Battle-Lines-Over-Betsy/238986 2017-01-24T04:51:17-05:00 The nominee for education secretary faces bitter opposition from teachers’ unions and civil-rights groups, but is backed by prominent Republicans and others seeking to overhaul public schools. By Peter Schmidt A ‘Shot Over the Bow’: Groups Respond to Reported Plan to Cut Arts and Humanities Endowments http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Shot-Over-the-Bow-/238949 2017-01-20T04:56:21-05:00 A newspaper’s report that the president-elect planned to eliminate the two federal cultural endowments sparked widespread alarm. By Tom Hesse Trump Asks Francis Collins to Remain NIH Director, at Least for Now http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-Asks-Francis-Collins-to/238952 2017-01-20T04:55:00-05:00 The National Institutes of Health released a statement saying the longtime head of the agency "has been held over by the Trump administration." But it was unclear whether that status was temporary or permanent. By Paul Basken DeVos Takes Center Stage: Highlights From Her Confirmation Hearing http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Takes-Center-Stage-/238917 2017-01-18T04:40:08-05:00 The education-secretary nominee avoided specifics as senators pressed for her positions on issues including student debt, regulations on for-profit-colleges, and Title IX. By Eric Kelderman 5 Things to Know About Betsy DeVos http://www.chronicle.com/article/5-Things-to-Know-About-Betsy/238905 2017-01-17T04:55:00-05:00 A primer on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin today. By Eric Kelderman