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    GOP lawmakers raise pressure on Education Department after Chevron decision

    In a letter to the agency, Reps. Virginia Foxx and James Comer said they will ensure adherence to the Supreme Court’s Loper Bright decision.

    By Naaz Modan • July 12, 2024
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    Pennsylvania’s budget leaves funds flat for Penn State and others

    Although the budget contained funding increases for some colleges, it fell short of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s earlier vision to overhaul the state’s higher education.

    By July 12, 2024
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    Diversity and Equity

    Explore trends in diversity and equity and what they mean for the higher education sector.

    By Higher Ed Dive staff
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    House passes resolution seeking to overturn Title IX rule

    The rule protecting LGBTQI+ students has an uncertain future, with preliminary injunctions and a recent Supreme Court decision further blunting its reach.

    By Naaz Modan • July 11, 2024
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    Education Department could face ‘stronger and new challenges’ post-Chevron, Moody’s says

    The credit ratings agency flagged several regulations that could fall under threat, including the new gainful employment and Title IX rules. 

    By July 11, 2024
  • House committee advances bill to mandate FAFSA release by Oct. 1

    The proposed legislation received largely bipartisan support, but some worry the hard deadline could backfire if not part of a comprehensive plan.

    By July 10, 2024
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    Title IX athletics rule delayed yet again

    The controversial rule’s deadline is up in the air in a regulatory agenda update that also includes timelines for student debt relief proposals. 

    By Naaz Modan , July 9, 2024
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    Federal judge blocks final Title IX rule in four more states

    The ruling marks another hit for the U.S. Department of Education's controversial regulation, which is now blocked from taking effect in 14 states.

    By July 3, 2024
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    University of North Carolina campuses must review DEI roles, guidance says

    The system’s legal affairs division released a 4-page letter explaining the impacts of a new policy rolling back diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. 

    By July 3, 2024
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    State employees in Texas not subject to overtime rule, judge holds

    The ruling, which relies on the decision overturning the Chevron doctrine, likely foreshadows similar pending challenges, attorneys said.

    By Emilie Shumway • July 2, 2024
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    Top Republican seeks Education Department’s plans post-Chevron doctrine

    Bill Cassidy, ranking member of the Senate’s education committee, questioned how the agency will comply with the landmark Supreme Court ruling. 

    By July 2, 2024
  • Northwestern athletics lacks clear guidance for handling some misconduct complaints, report finds

    The university released the findings of an independent review conducted after a prior investigation found widespread hazing in the football program.

    By June 28, 2024
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    SCOTUS overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting federal agency reach

    One think tank previously warned that reversing the precedent would put some higher education regulations at stake.

    By Ryan Golden , Ginger Christ , June 28, 2024
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    Republican FY 25 plan would cut education funding by $11B

    The GOP-led budget proposal would prohibit spending on Title IX enforcement and decrease funding for federal student aid programs.

    By Kara Arundel • June 27, 2024
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    Education Department to appeal block on Title IX rule to 5th Circuit

    The department said it was reviewing the ruling prior to its appeal and that it “stands by” the final regulations, which conservative states have challenged.

    By Naaz Modan • Updated June 26, 2024
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    More colleges are breaching their debt requirements: S&P

    Amid operating pressures, some institutions are struggling to meet financial metrics stipulated in their bond and loan covenants.

    By June 25, 2024
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    Admissions shouldn’t be about the tests anymore

    The test-optional movement could pave the way for stronger admissions and student success policies, one administrator argues. 

    By Emily Rawers • June 24, 2024
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    Civil liberty groups vow to fight Louisiana’s Ten Commandments displays in colleges

    A new state law requires every public postsecondary and K-12 classroom to display in easily readable font the Ten Commandments by Jan. 1.

    By Kara Arundel • June 24, 2024
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    University of Arizona narrows its budget gap to $52M

    However, officials are still working through how they will adjust the budget to account for a multimillion-dollar reduction in state funding.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Arizona public universities face multimillion dollar cuts under new state budget

    The funding decreases could hit University of Arizona — already grappling with major deficits — especially hard. 

    By Updated June 19, 2024
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    Title IX rule blocked in 6 more states

    Conservative states contest the rule’s inclusion of LGBTQ+ students and have filed multiple lawsuits seeking to stop the rule from taking effect Aug. 1.

    By Naaz Modan • June 18, 2024
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    U of Michigan, CUNY mishandled shared ancestry complaints, Education Department finds

    The two institutions each misstepped as campus tensions — and reports of harassment — rose in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, the agency found. 

    By June 17, 2024
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    Federal judge blocks Title IX rule from taking effect in 4 states

    The injunction came as part of a Louisiana-led lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, one of many the agency is facing.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Inside the dueling visions for the future of Pennsylvania’s higher education

    The Democratic governor has offered up a plan to revamp the state’s higher education, but Senate Republicans have answered with their own proposals. 

    By Lilah Burke • June 14, 2024
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    House education committee advances resolution to repeal Title IX final rule

    The attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to revoke the regulation released in April is among several pieces of legislation sent to the full House.

    By Kara Arundel • June 14, 2024
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    Grand Canyon Education accused of racketeering scheme in new class action

    Plaintiffs say that “artificial bottlenecks” in doctoral programs at Grand Canyon University, the company’s biggest client, led to higher costs than advertised. 

    By June 13, 2024