Washington Update

Administration and Congress Reach a Budget Deal

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A compromise bipartisan federal budget plan, H.J. Res 59, that sets overall funding levels for the next two years and temporarily removes the threat of another government shutdown was approved in December by Congress... Click Here To Read More

House Appropriations Committee Adds Three New Members

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The powerful House Appropriations Committee has added three new Republican members following the resignation of two members earlier this year and the death of longtime Florida Rep. C.W. Bill Young in October. The committee, along with its Senate counterpart, holds the “power of the purse” under the Constitution, determining how much money the... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Releases Proposed Gainful Employment Rules.

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On March 14, the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed regulations for determining whether certain postsecondary education programs, including allied or advanced dental education programs that award a certificate but not a... Click Here To Read More

Controversy Surrounds Proposed Higher Education Ratings System

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As part of a wide-ranging plan to curb rising college tuition and make college affordable to more Americans, this summer the Obama administration laid out a series of steps it wants to take, including a controversial proposal to develop a ratings system that would assess the “value” of each college. According to a ... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Launches Financial Aid Information Website

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The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new site, FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov that provides one-stop shopping for all financial aid questions. The “Financial Aid Toolkit” is a searchable, online database that consolidates financial aid resources and... Click Here To Read More

Impact from Sequestration on Research Universities

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The automatic federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, that began last March have forced universities to cut back on research-related personnel, delay projects and admit fewer graduate students, according to a survey of 74 public and private... Click Here To Read More

FTC Recommends Changes in Proposed Standards for Dental Therapists

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The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has advised the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) that proposed accreditation standards for dental therapy education could impede rather than... Click Here To Read More

Affordable Care Act Numbers for Health Insurance Coverage Improves

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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), those who wanted coverage to begin by January 1, 2014 had to sign up by December 23, 2013. The deadline for signing up for health insurance and avoiding a tax penalty, however, is March 31, 2014. Social scientists and those who have studied similar government programs with a lengthy sign-up period say many... Click Here To Read More

Senate Task Force to Assess Higher Education Regulations and Reporting Requirements

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A Senate-sponsored task force of 14 college and university experts has been formed to make recommendations to “reduce and streamline confusing or costly regulations.” The task force was Click Here To Read More

Efforts are Underway to Curb the President’s Regulatory Agenda

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Though it will go down as the least productive Congress in modern history, House Republicans insist they are proud of their 2013 campaign to disable President Obama’s regulatory agenda. According to a December 8 Click Here To Read More

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