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Higher Ed Under Biden-Harris

What a new administration means for America's colleges

In his first months in office, President Biden has reversed Trump-administration policies and introduced measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Chronicle is tracking those developments and breaking down what they mean for higher education.

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More Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

Tens of thousands of students who say they were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other shuttered for-profit colleges will get a larger portion of their loans forgiven, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday.

Labor Board Drops Proposed Rule to Bar Grad-Student Unions

The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that it was withdrawing a proposed rule that would have prohibited graduate students at private colleges from forming labor unions. The announcement is the latest partisan flip-flop on the board’s position, which has changed with every…

Biden Orders Review of Title IX Regulations

President Biden signaled on Monday that he wanted to see changes in the 2020 Title IX regulations that bolstered protections for those accused of sexual misconduct and drew criticism from victims’ advocates.

Federal Advisory Panel Votes to Revoke Recognition of Embattled Accreditor

A federal advisory panel has voted to revoke recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a controversial accrediting agency that oversees primarily for-profit colleges.

Former Obama Adviser Will Lead Higher-Ed Policy Under Biden

The White House has nominated James Kvaal, currently president of the Institute for College Access and Success, to be under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education — a role that will give him oversight of most federal higher-education policy.

Biden Won’t Support $50,000 in Student-Loan Forgiveness

In a televised town hall on Tuesday evening, President Biden said he would not use executive authority to forgive up to $50,000 in student-loan debt.

Biden Administration Eases Scrutiny of Confucius Institutes

The Biden administration is continuing efforts that may make it easier, and more appealing, for foreign students to attend American colleges, and for those colleges to host them.

Coronavirus Aid Package Could Put New Restrictions on For-Profit Colleges

The Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives made changes on Tuesday in the coronavirus aid package that would impose new restrictions on many for-profit colleges.

White House Is Committed to ‘Free College,’ Despite Unclear Path Forward

Jill Biden doubled down on Tuesday on the Biden administration’s goal of providing two years of college tuition, but it will be a challenge to get that plan through a closely divided Congress.

$40 Billion Allocated to Higher Education in House Budget Bill

The U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor released the text of a budget proposal on Monday that would appropriate nearly $40 billion to higher-education institutions for Covid-19 relief.
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