Press Release Category: Education

Statement from Secretary Miguel Cardona on the Confirmation of James Kvaal as Under Secretary of Education

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the confirmation of James Kvaal as Under Secretary of Education: “James Kvaal, the nation’s new Under Secretary of Education, has a deep understanding of the strengths, needs, and challenges in postsecondary education. This is critical at a time when increasing college access, affordability,…

Open Letter Sessions – Jonnai

To the educators who are preparing for this upcoming school year or those who havealready begun,After a school year of uncertainty, this is a reminder that you are valid in your feelingsabout this school year. Whether you are eager to begin or are still recovering from theprevious year, I want to encourage you to think…

Extended Closed School Discharge Will Provide 115K Borrowers from ITT Technical Institute More Than $1.1B in Loan Forgiveness

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will make $1.1 billion in closed school discharges available to an additional 115,000 borrowers who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute (ITT). This decision is based on a new review of the problems leading up to ITT’s closure. These borrowers did not complete their degree or credential and…

Update on the Free Inquiry Rule

By Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., Acting Assistant Secretary for Office of Postsecondary Education, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs  Protecting First Amendment freedoms on public university and college campuses is essential. Whether it is having the freedom to debate the issues of the day, to gather for expressive purposes, or to engage in protected religious…

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona on President Biden’s Nomination of Amy Loyd

“I am grateful that President Biden has nominated Amy Loyd to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. Amy has dedicated her professional life to expanding equity and opportunity in education. Amy’s experiences building strong partnerships across sectors will be integral in…

New Interpretation to Encourage State Collaboration on Student Loan Servicing

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released a new legal interpretation that revises and clarifies its position on the legality of state laws and regulations that govern various aspects of the servicing of federal student loans. This action will help states enforce borrower bills of rights or other similar laws to address issues with servicing of federal student loans. This change is part of Federal Student Aid’s (FSA’s) efforts to strengthen the student loan program by enhancing oversight and

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Announces 2021 HBCU Scholars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) today announced its eighth cohort of HBCU Scholars. This program recognizes 86 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, civic engagement and much more. Currently enrolled at 54 of our nation’s HBCUs, the scholars were selected from an applicant pool of over 200 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and letter of recommendation. Applications also required the signature of their

Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education

Welcome to this year’s EducationUSA Forum. Let me begin by acknowledging the hard work done over the past 16 months at colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and other educational institutions across the United States. Educators and officials at all levels deserve appreciation for their commitment to ensuring that students have been able to continue robust learning, despite the pandemic. I also want to thank students—including international students ― for their resilience and dedication to pursuing their educational goals during a

EloQ Communications congratulates its managing director for earning her doctoral degree

Clāra Ly-Le, Managing Director of Vietnam-based EloQ Communications, has successful completed her doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The EloQ family sincerely congratulates her on this achievement. Her dissertation, which was on social media use in crisis communications in Vietnam, was recently approved by Bond University, Ly-Le’s institution in Australia. Social media and crisis communications have always been Ly-Le’s interest. She aimed to take this interest to another level by challenging herself with a Ph.D. program and then leverage this new knowledge to

A Renewed U.S. Commitment to International Education

Guest blog by Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor and Director of International Affairs, Office of the Secretary If it wasn’t already clear before the pandemic, it should be clear now that, in today’s interconnected world, many of our biggest challenges—reducing economic and social disparities, building prosperity, supporting public health, addressing climate change, and maintaining peace—are global in nature. To address these challenges, we must work together—not just within the United States, but also with others around the world. Regardless of where you

Readout of White House & Department of Education Listening Session with Educators with Disabilities

Today, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, White House Office of Public Engagement Associate Director Emily Voorde, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Deputy Assistant Secretary Katy Neas met with public educators from the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. All assembled educators self-identified as Disabled. Secretary Cardona emphasized that educators with disabilities serve as critical advocates and role models for their students, particularly those with disabilities. The Secretary also reaffirmed the Biden Administration’s commitment to support