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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.

An Act Worth Balancing

Privacy and safety on today's college campuses

College students today are walking around on campuses with their privacy protected and their safety at risk. But the laws and regulations that govern the privacy of student information, including medical and mental health records, also permit sharing under certain circumstances.

HEOA and the Life of an Aid Officer

What the impact of this new legislation will be for financial aid offices

ON AUGUST 14, 2008, LIFE as financial aid officers knew it changed drastically. That day, President Bush signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) into law, setting into motion many changes that will directly affect operations in the financial aid office as well as operations in other offices on campus.

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.

Maximizing Financial Aid for Veterans

What administrators can do to help veterans take advantage of education benefits

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN new veteran education benefits will be available next year. The challenge is getting veterans to take advantage of all the benefits available to them.

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.

Aid Directors: Are You Ready For The Summer?

Is there a crisis looming in the student loan industry? Are we in the midst of one already? Depending on what you read, the answer is both "yes" and "no."

Are Loyalty Oaths Really Necessary?


WENDY GONAVER LOST HER TEACHING job at <b>California State University, Fullerton</b> in May because she refused to sign a state-mandated loyalty oath for all state employees. Gonaver, a practicing Quaker and pacifist, believes the oath is an infringement on her religious beliefs and her rights to free speech.

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.

New Grants: Campuswide Cooperation Required

How the registrar's, admissions, and academic offices can help in implementing TEACH grants

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Education has been working overtime to implement a complicated new grant program that provides up to $4,000 a year for aspiring teachers.