Rob Tricchinelli

Congress moves to stop illegal file-sharing on campuses

Congress has joined the fray in combating illegal file-sharing on campus. Members of the House last week sent a letter to various colleges and universities asking for cooperation in combating illegal file-sharing on campuses. The letter, sent May 1 to 19 different institutes of higher learning, requested information about each college’s acceptable use policy, anti-piracy […]

Political leaders call for Gonzales resignation

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified during a Senate hearing last week and the outcry among political leaders for his resignation has intensified. During his April 19 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he faced notable scrutiny from both parties but steadfastly claimed that he had both nothing to hide and that he could not recall […]

Top education officials implicated in loan scandal

An ongoing investigation into the student loan industry has turned up a number of higher education executives and top officials who accepted money from and owned stock in loan companies, various news sources reported this week. A general manager in the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, Matteo Fontana, was put on administrative […]

Attorney General Gonzales set to testify over firings

United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify April 17 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his role in the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Senate Democrats have made other requests of Gonzales and his office that they want to be fulfilled prior to his appearance. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who chairs the […]

Dept. of Ed. holds summit meeting to reform higher education

The U.S. Department of Education convened a March 22 summit on higher education to address the goals of its plan to reform higher education in America. Over 250 business and academic leaders and officials gathered in Washington, D.C., and hammered out a list of 25 “action items” to help the Department achieve some of what […]

Presidential candidates speak out on education

The campaign for the 2008 presidential election is underway earlier than ever. With nine months until the first primaries and caucuses, candidates from both parties are emerging, and each has made education issues part of their platform. Looking at Democrats first, “improving our schools” is one of the main issues of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s […]

Report suggests higher education needs improvement

The United States’ performance in college education is lagging on the world stage, and the situation will only get worse unless radical changes are made, according to a new report. “Hitting Home: Quality, Cost and Access Challenges Confronting Higher Education,” says that the United States’ higher education system will be unable, at its current rate, […]

GWU tuition rates set record high

The George Washington University set a new record Feb. 9 as the first college to break the $50,000 mark in total cost of attendance. The figure approved by the university’s Board of Trustees for the Class of 2011 includes tuition of $39,210, a food allowance of $3,400 and housing prices of $8,020, for a total […]

Student loan company’s stock takes hit

The student loan saga continued Monday when shares of the nation’s largest provider of loans dropped the most in 14 years. According to Bloomberg, SLM Corp’s stock fell 8.8 percent on the New York Stock exchange, “the biggest one-day percentage decline since February 1993.” The drop in SLM, or Sallie Mae, shares occurred in response […]

Education groups grapple with government over grant rules

Recent changes to federal grant programs have largely ignored recommended changes by various higher education organizations, several organization officials have said. In July, the Department of Education dispatched a Federal Register bulletin outlining rules and regulations for the Academic Competitiveness Grant and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant programs. These rules […]