ADEA Washington Update

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.

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.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Proposes Accreditation Reform

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has proposed setting up a new independent board to accredit free online courses, in addition to announcing his support for a proposal by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) permitting states and companies to accredit academic courses. The White House has also floated the idea of creating a new system of accreditation aimed at measuring both the cost and value of higher education, with those measurements linked in some way to federal financial aid. Rubio explained in a February 10 speech: “Action on this issue can and should be swift... Members of both parties are beginning to realize that for every day we delay bold accreditation reform, our education system leaves more Americans behind to languish in a dwindling market.” Rubio suggested prioritizing two other notable higher education proposals: setting the default payment plan for federal student loans as income-based, and creating an alternative to student loans known as “Student Investment Plans” to be used to pay for college tuition. These plans would be run by an “approved and certified private investment group” that would finance a student’s tuition in exchange for taking a fixed percentage of that student’s income for a set period of time after the student graduates. The Student Investment Plan would consider a student’s major of study, matriculating institution and academic record to develop a repayment formula.

Impact of FY 2014 Appropriations on Academic Dentistry

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On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, H.R. 3547. The bill provides $1.012 trillion for domestic discretionary programs in FY14. The bill includes amounts to offset the effects of the FY13 budget cuts known as the sequester. Overall, the appropriation includes increases over FY13 funding for most of the programs of concern to academic dentistry.

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