Obama Administration Announces Higher Ed Changes - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Obama Administration Announces Higher Ed Changes

by Diverse Staff

In a Veteran’s Day press conference, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that veterans and their dependents will now receive in-state tuition rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The provision was signed into law last August via the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, but the implementation of the tuition consideration had been delayed. The president also called upon Congress to pass a number of bills that would tighten the requirements for schools receiving GI Bill benefits, “to reinstate GI Bill benefits for students whose schools close midterm, and extend housing benefits for students who would otherwise not receive them” and to limit the targeting of veterans by for-profit institutions, according to a White House fact sheet.

The announcement comes during a week in which the administration is proposing a number of “fixes” to higher education as current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan prepares to leave his post.

The New York Times reported this week that the secretary said schools need to improve graduation rates, increase transparency and find new ways to embrace nontraditional students, who are quickly becoming the new majority on campuses across the country.

Also this week, Vice President Joe Biden embarked on a campus tour to talk about a grassroots campaign to end campus sexual assault.

“Your generation can begin to change the dynamic on campus in a way that has never happened before,” said the vice president, who lamented the fact that, though sexual violence against women is down over the last 20 years, not much has changed on college campuses.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Theft, Shame and Guilt in Order to Get By Over the past few years there has been increasing exposure to the harsh reality of what it is like to be in college while facing financial hardship. I remember beginning my career in student affairs admiring my supervisor for stocking the office kitc...
Proposed Minnesota Bill Would Cover First Two Years at Any State School Minnesota student leaders and state legislators have recently proposed a bill that would cover the tuition, fees and textbook costs free for the first two years at state public colleges and universities. Sen. Kari Dziedzic, D-Minneapolis, author o...
Cornish College of the Arts Announces Tuition Decrease by 20 Percent Cornish College of the Arts has announced it will lower tuition by 20 percent, resetting it to prior levels in an effort to address long-term student loan debt and make the institution more accessible to students. The college becomes the first art sc...
Report: Iowa’s Community Colleges See Decrease in Total Enrollment, Increase in Minority Enrol... According to the Annual Condition of Iowa’s Community Colleges report, the state’s community college enrollment decreased by 1.2 percent in 2018, while tuition increased. However, the community colleges still serve over half of Iowa students pursu...
Semantic Tags: