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

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

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

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