Washington Update

Fisher Case May Be Headed Back to Supreme Court

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The long-running battle between the University of Texas at Austin and Abigail Fisher reached another milestone in November when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit turned down a request for the entire 15-person appeals court to rehear the case.

Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Clery Act

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The Department of Education has issued a final rule on the latest changes to the Clery Act, the federal statute first enacted in 1990 to require all colleges and universities taking part in federal financial aid programs to make information about crimes on or near their campuses available to the public.

ADEA Signs on to Brief in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School

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ADEA has signed on to the brief of the American Council on Education (ACE), along with several other higher education associations, in the Munn v. The Hotchkiss School case.

Public Hearing Held on Proposed College-Ratings System

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The Obama Administration’s proposed plan to rate colleges based on three criteria—affordability, access and outcomes—received extensive criticism during a public forum held in September.

House Approves Three Bills Tied to the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

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The House Education and Workforce Committee, members of which have initiated efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), approved three bills this summer that address separate parts of the Act. HEA is the principle federal statute on higher education and federal financial aid.

Obama Extends Educational Loan Repayment Option to More Borrowers

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On June 9, President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum to permit nearly five million federal student loan borrowers with outstanding student loan balances to cap their monthly payments at 10% of their incomes.

Lawmakers Seek to Block Proposed College Ratings System

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Congressional opposition to the Obama Administration’s plans to develop a college rating system continues to mount.

ADEA Submits Comments to Proposed Gainful Employment Final Rule

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In a May 27 letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, ADEA submitted comments to the department’s proposed gainful employment regulation.

Sexual Assault on Campuses in the Federal Spotlight

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As part of its continuing effort to publicize the problem of sexual assaults at U.S. colleges and universities, the Department of Education has released a list of 55 higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of Title IX, due to their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Brookings Institution Examines Rise in Student Loan Debt

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Last year, U.S. student loan balances reached $1.2 trillion, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. The figure exceeds the value of any other debt category except mortgages.
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