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Why student debt will keep rising despite loan-forgiveness programs lawmakers are proposing in Congress – Business Insider

US lawmakers are debating student debt-relief proposals, seeking help for people saddled with loans. But the proposals on the table right now are not a comprehensive solution, experts say. The problem is a cycle of student loan accumulation, and little education about how this debt works. It’s a familiar sight each year: a sea of More Info »

The Department’s Recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools as an Accrediting Agency – OIG

What We Found We determined that the Department’s process for assessing ACICS’ compliance with Federal regulatory criteria for recognition followed applicable policies and regulations except during the 2016 recognition review. We determined that the Department did not comply with all regulatory requirements during its 2016 review of ACICS’ petition for recognition renewal because its process More Info »

Why Haven’t More Colleges Closed? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Prognosticators predicted mass shutterings. That hasn’t happened, but other enormous changes are underway. Last spring’s abrupt, pandemic-induced pivot to virtual learning led to tremendous financial disruption for colleges. The educational technology came with a lofty price tag. So did retrofitting campuses to comply with public-health guidance, with needs for plexiglass dividers, extra campus cleanings, and More Info »

Trident University International Updates Graduate Scholarship Designed for Military Leaders

The William “Joe” Gainey Scholarship, named in honor of the retired Command Sergeant Major and first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is open to eligible Trident master’s students who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces starting March 15. Trident University International (Trident) has updated its graduate-level More Info »

OIG Report Highlights Institutional Compliance and Usage of HEERF – NASFAA

The Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued new findings into how institutions of higher education are utilizing funds provided by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, finding a number of institutions still need to post quarterly reports to their institutions’ web sites or risk having their grants terminated. More Info »

Community colleges at a crossroads: Enrollment is plummeting, but political clout is growing – The Washington Post

CRANFORD, N.J. — As her chemistry laboratory got rolling here one winter morning, with masked students taking their stations at a pandemic-safe distance, community college professor Sherry Heidary aimed to teach more than how to separate mixtures through chromatography. She exhorted one student to believe in herself. “You’re getting an A, right?” she said, more More Info »