On the Hill

Unity Seen on Higher Ed Policy

Obama, Democratic Congress, on Same Track

With the inauguration of Sen. Barack Obama as President in January and an increase in the Democratic majority in Congress, the higher education community probably can look forward to unified positions on policy issues ranging from student aid to the role community colleges and other institutions play in building the country’s workforce.

HEA Finally Gains Reauthorization

Concerns over reporting requirements one major reaction
 

AT LAST--AFTER SIX YEARS, three Congresses, and 14 extensions of the existing law, the House and Senate finally agreed to legislation reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, and in August President George W. Bush signed it.

Kennedy's Illness Impacts HEA

Conference draft report raises educators' concerns
 

AS CONGRESS APPEARED TO be finally nearing the end of an on-again, off-again effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act for the first time in five years, the news of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's (D-Mass.) cancer diagnosis cast a pall over the Capitol and also gave signs of impacting the progress of HEA's renewal.

Access to Student Loans Protected

Congress and the White House act in the wake of the credit crunch
 

INSTABILITY IN THE FINANCIAL markets that has rocked the national economy in recent months will have no impact on federal student loans if action by Congress and words from the Bush administration this spring are any indication.

Money Issues Capture Attention

<em>Concerns with the president's budget and the endowment probe</em>

HEA Renewal Nears Passage (We Swear)

Higher ed community still concerned over some issues

Election Year Looms

HEA and endowment payments are among the key issues awaiting action.

WITH AN ELECTION YEAR about to begin, all bets are off on what Congress is likely to do on postsecondary education matters and just about everything else when it reconvenes in January. Whatever the issue, political considerations are likely to color its outcome in the year ahead.

Final Stretch

As Congress nears the end of its session, some work is finished but much remains to be done.

Summer Break

Many legislative issues await action until after Labor Day.

WITH MEMBERS OF THE House and Senate scheduled to be away this month on their summer recess, further action on several significant higher education issues awaits the lawmakers' return to work after Labor Day. Issues at various stages of the legislative process include financial aid, accreditation, student lending, technology, and gender discrimination.

Lawmakers Tackle Higher Ed Issues

Student loans and campus security draw scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators.

FROM HINTS OF SCANDAL IN the private student loan industry to campus security in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, lawmakers and regulators are grappling with higher ed issues that have emerged unexpectedly, and tragically, since the start of the year.

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