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October 1, 2010

$18 Million in Grants Awarded to Strengthen Higher Education Institutions Serving Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education announced today more than $18 million in grants to help 48 higher education institutions expand their capacity to serve low-income students.

September 30, 2010

$60.1 Million Awarded to Enhance Hispanic-Serving Institutions

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced 99 new grant awards totaling $60.1 million to enhance colleges that enroll a high percentage of Hispanic students.

September 30, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $53 Million in Grants to Improve College Programs for American Indian Students

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 63 grant awards, totaling nearly $53 million, from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU) Program will go to colleges and universities that serve American Indian students.


September 27, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $9.2 Million to Institutions of Higher Education for Emergency Management Planning

Institutions of higher education in 17 new sites will be able to develop or review and improve, and fully integrate their emergency management planning efforts as a result of more than $9.2 million in Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

September 24, 2010

Department on Track to Implement Gainful Employment Regulations; New Schedule Provides Additional Time to Consider Extensive Public Input

The Department of Education today announced that it is on schedule to implement new regulations of the for-profit education sector dealing with gainful employment and 13 other issues to protect students and taxpayers. The regulations will be released in two phases.

September 21, 2010

College "An Attainable Dream," Says New Spanish-Language Video

The U.S. Department of Education today released a new video produced especially for Spanish-speaking families that shows how going to college is more attainable and more affordable than ever before.

September 15, 2010

Dr. Jill Biden Announces Date of First-Ever White House Summit on Community Colleges

Washington, D.C. — The White House announced today that Dr. Jill Biden will convene the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. President Obama asked Dr. Biden to chair this event to highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America's workforce and reaching our educational goals.

September 14, 2010

College-Ready Students and Student-Ready Colleges: Remarks of Deputy Secretary Tony Miller at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference

Thank you, Thelma, for that generous introduction. I am delighted and honored to be here in Secretary Duncan's place. He has always enjoyed the opportunity to speak and meet with HBCU presidents. He sends his regrets that he could not join you. But I know that improving the education of all students—but especially for students of color--is never far from his mind.

September 13, 2010

Student Loan Default Rates Increase

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that the FY 2008 national cohort default rate is 7.0 percent, up from the FY 2007 rate of 6.7 percent. The default rates increased from 5.9 to 6 percent for public institutions, from 3.7 to 4 percent for private institutions, and from 11 to 11.6 percent for for-profit schools.