HIGHER EDUCATION

Biden administration wants to ease student-loan forgiveness for some

Students could have a clearer path to loan forgiveness and affordable repayment of their education debt under plans unveiled Wednesday by the Biden administration.

By Danielle Douglas-GabrielJuly 6, 2022

What the Biden administration’s new rules for charter schools say

The charter lobby won some concessions but aren't likely to embrace them.

By Valerie StraussJuly 5, 2022

Ex-Georgetown tennis coach sentenced to 2½ years in admissions scandal

Gordon Ernst, who authorities say helped secure admissions to Georgetown University in exchange for bribes, received the harshest punishment yet in a sweeping college-admissions scandal.

By Susan SvrlugaJuly 1, 2022

Columbia to skip U.S. News rankings after professor questioned data

The Ivy League university said it is reviewing how institutional data is gathered and processed, after a professor questioned the numbers that helped propel the school's ascent in popular rankings.

By Susan SvrlugaJuly 1, 2022

In Florida, DeSantis’s plans for colleges rattle some academics

Some faculty members say political influence on public universities, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is threatening academic freedom. Other experts say it's time for such higher-education reform.

By Susan Svrluga and Lori RozsaJuly 1, 2022

GW defends Thomas appointment amid calls for removal from law school

Officials at George Washington University said they will not fire Justice Clarence Thomas, who has taught at the law school since 2011, over his legal opinions.

By Lauren LumpkinJuly 1, 2022

Youngkin pushes for more say in Virginia community colleges search

Some Democratic lawmakers objected to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to influence the search for a chancellor for the Virginia Community College System, accusing him of strong-arming and politicizing the process.

By Susan SvrlugaJuly 1, 2022

The fall of Roe scrambles abortion training for university hospitals

Some university hospitals are squeezed between an emerging array of abortion bans and established practices of the medical curriculum.

By Nick AndersonJune 30, 2022

A decade ago, DACA gave ‘dreamers’ hope. Since Trump, it’s been in limbo.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have benefited from the program, but worry it could be eliminated soon.

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and Susan SvrlugaJune 30, 2022

Vital education issues the Supreme Court could revisit

School prayer. Teaching evolution. Affirmative action. Discrimination in admissions and hiring.

By Valerie StraussJune 29, 2022

A brief lesson on Roe v. Wade

From nonpartisan sources.

By Valerie StraussJune 24, 2022

Education Dept. to cancel $6 billion in debt for defrauded borrowers

The Education Department will erase about $6 billion of student loan debt in a proposed settlement of a lawsuit from borrowers who said the agency ignored their claims for relief after they were defrauded by their colleges.

By Lauren LumpkinJune 23, 2022

Maryland university system won’t require SAT, ACT for admissions

The University System of Maryland’s board of regents voted recently to pave the way for its 12 universities to remove the requirement for prospective students to provide SAT or ACT scores.

By Caitlyn Freeman | Baltimore SunJune 23, 2022

Virginia budget to move funding from DACA students to state’s HBCUs

Critics say the Republican governor is pitting one disadvantaged group against another when the state has enough money to fund financial aid for both.

By Danielle Douglas-GabrielJune 21, 2022

Texas GOP to schools: Use live ultrasounds to show a ‘preborn child’

It has some other ultra-conservative ideas of what students should learn, too.

By Valerie StraussJune 21, 2022

A race to teach abortion procedures, before the bans begin

The end of Roe v. Wade would disrupt a common education program for OB/GYN specialists and other doctors. Many medical residents could lose access to in-state abortion training.

By Nick AndersonJune 20, 2022

George Washington University to stop using ‘Colonials’ name by 2023-24

George Washington University said the "Colonials" moniker has divided the community and “no longer serve its purpose as a name that unifies.”

By Lauren LumpkinJune 15, 2022

Hub for military vets coming to Virginia Tech’s new Alexandria campus

The center, set up with Boeing, will help military veterans transition to civilian life and build careers in the technology and defense industries.

By Teo ArmusJune 13, 2022

Student loan borrowers anxious as decision lingers on debt cancellation

Borrowers are growing anxious and frustrated as the White House delays an announcement on whether President Biden will cancel some of the $1.6 trillion in student debt held by millions of Americans.

By Danielle Douglas-GabrielJune 10, 2022

Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow to step down next year

Lawrence S. Bacow, who has led Harvard University as president through the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic and an intensive reckoning with its historic role in slavery and racial discrimination, announced Wednesday he will step down after the next academic year.

By Nick AndersonJune 8, 2022