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State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Hot Issues Won't Vary Much In 2014

For most states, 2013 was a welcome respite from the usual election year political gridlock. That all changes next year, with 38 governorships, 46 legislative chambers, 33 United States Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats up for grabs. But amidst all that politicking, lawmakers have...

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Department of Education Issues Proposed Rule Regulating the Funding of Career Colleges

The Department of Education (DOE) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”), which would establish measures for determining whether certain postsecondary educational programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation (“GE Programs”...

White House Report Signals Enhanced Title IX Enforcement

By James H. Newberry Jr., Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC On April 29, the White House released “Not Alone,” the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. As a result of this report, many Federal agencies promise more active and coordinated...

Congress and the Higher Education Act: What’s On the Table? What’s To Come? Our Look at the Major Proposals

By Dennis M. Cariello , Lawrence E. Levinson , Nathaniel J. Bell , John A. Miller* Congress is well into the process of passing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and many members of Congress have introduced bills addressing many aspects of higher education that concern the...

Ten Questions to Ask to Prevent Academic Fraud

In the aftermath of the most recent report on the academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presidents and trustees have to wonder whether such events are happening on their campus. While one would hope that is not the case, the trustees and senior administrators at Chapel...

New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products Proposed by Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance funds to students. Credit balances result when the amount of Title IV HEA program...

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The fine will be imposed on May 5, 2015, against San Francisco-based Heald College...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Title IV Eligibility for Students Without a High School Diploma Who Are Enrolled in Eligible Career Pathway Programs

On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") released guidance regarding a December 2014 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, that makes an individual without a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) or who did not...