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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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6 Things to Know About the New Title IX Guidance

The guidance is a stopgap measure, indicating how federal officials will enforce Title IX while the Education Department goes through the lengthy process of reviewing and revising the regulations.

Title IX Protects LGBTQ Students, Education Department Says

College students can now turn to the federal Office for Civil Rights if they face discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Education Dept. Will Use Lengthy Process to Restore Student-Debt Accountability

The gainful-employment regulation, which seeks to hold colleges accountable for their students’ earnings compared with their students’ loan debt, will go through the federal rule-making process, again.

Biden Nominates Former Education Dept. Official Known for Aggressive Title IX Enforcement

Catherine Lhamon, nominated as assistant secretary for civil rights, held the same post in the Obama administration and led sweeping reforms on campus sexual assault.

New Head of Student-Aid Programs Signals Focus on Loan Forgiveness and For-Profit Colleges

The Biden administration on Monday named Richard A. Cordray, a former attorney general of Ohio and the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to lead a key office at the U.S. Department of Education.

Biden’s New Spending Plan Proposes $109 Billion for Free Community College

Free college was a major promise of President Biden’s campaign last year. Now he has made it the centerpiece of a $1.8-trillion package of economic-stimulus spending.

Biden Proposes Spending Hundreds of Millions More on Community and Minority-Serving Colleges

In his proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year, President Biden on Friday requested big spending increases that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars to community colleges and minority-serving institutions, and would bolster financial aid for underserved and low-income students.

Higher Ed Would Get Billions From Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

Community colleges and historically Black institutions would get tens of billions of dollars under President Biden’s proposed $2-trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s physical infrastructure.

Collections Are Halted on Over a Million Student-Loan Borrowers in Default

More than a million borrowers who have defaulted on their federally backed student loans will get some temporary relief, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday. The move is the latest in a series of incremental measures to ease the financial burden on student-loan borrowers.

Education Department Eases Paperwork for Disabled Student-Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday it would restore student-loan forgiveness for 41,000 students who are disabled and fell behind on paperwork.
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