Washington Wrap Up- September 7, 2016

A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group.


The House and Senate were in recess until after the September 5th Labor Day Holiday.


The owner of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a chain of for-profit colleges, filed a lawsuit in Federal court over the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) decision to deny recognition of their schools as non-profit, rather than for-profit, institutions of higher education.

It was reported that Donald Trump’s campaign has added Rob Goad, a policy adviser to Representative Luke Messer (R-IN), as an education adviser to the campaign.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Rohit Chopra, a former assistant director and student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to her transition team.

Education News Headlines
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Nassirian and LeBlanc debate new federal experiment on noncollege job training [Article 6 – Inside Higher Ed]

Group Unveils a ‘Model Policy’ for Handling Student Data [Article 7 – The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Clinton ‘free’ plan would boost public college enrollment, harm private colleges [Article 2 – Inside Higher Ed]

Clinton campaign taps 2 prominent for-profit critics [Article 3 – Inside Higher Ed]

College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative Guide: “Implications from Fisher II The U.S. Supreme Court’s Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education Regarding Race-Conscious Enrollment Practices”

Campuses With Child-Care Centers Are on the Decline, Report Says [Article 10 – The Chronicle of Higher Education]
Institute for Women’s Policy Research Report: “Child Care for Parents in College: A State-by-State Assessment.”

Groups Release New Guide to Student Mental Health [Article 11 – Inside Higher Ed]
National Alliance on Mental Illness Guide: “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health”

Military Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits and Online [Article 9 – Inside Higher Ed]

Universities are slowly opening their doors to former convicts [Article 8 – The Atlantic]

The Administration
Department of Labor

  • Blog: Pursuing a Degree While Working, Thanks to Flexible Options

Institute of Education Sciences

  • Report: “After the Post-9/11 GI Bill: A Profile of Military Service Members and Veterans Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Education”
  • Report: Remedial Coursetaking at U.S. Public 2- and 4- Year Institutions: Scope, Experiences, and Outcomes

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices

ED Comment Request: The system of records entitled “Common Services for Borrowers (CSB).” Comments due October 3, 2016.

ED Comment Request: Application for Approval to Participate in Federal Student Aid Programs. Comments due October 31, 2016.

ED Comment Request: Foreign Schools Eligibility Criteria Apply to Participate in Title IV HEA Programs. Comments due October 31, 2016.

ED Notice: Notice Of Intent To Fund Down The State And Partnership Grant Slates From Fy 2014; GEAR UP Program

ED Comment Request: Student Assistance General Provisions—Subpart K—Cash Management. Comments due November 7, 2016.