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Cal State Campus President Cancels Conservative Speaker’s Event, Fueling Outrage

02/23/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Just days before the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was slated to speak at California State University at Los Angeles, the institution’s president, William A. Covino, called off the event after some people ... Read more >


Education Dept. Defends Its Approach to Title IX in Face of Senate Pressure

02/19/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Education Department is standing by its controversial guidance to colleges on sexual harassment and sexual assault in response to questions raised by a prominent Senate critic. Catherine E. Lhamon, the departm... Read more >


Changing the Conversation

02/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Beset with federal and state investigations, decreased enrollment and declining revenues, the University of Phoenix is hoping people see a company on the rise. Literally. Phoenix is embracing its name with a new ad campaign called... Read more >


Education Dept. Seeks to Clear a Path to Loan Forgiveness and Recover Lost Loans

02/17/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Student-loan borrowers who were defrauded by their colleges would have clearer paths to loan forgiveness — and the federal government would be more likely to recover its losses on the debt — under changes bei... Read more >


The Meanings of California’s Low Labor Force Participation Rate

02/16/2016

Fox&Hounds. The most recent data on California’s labor force participation rate (the percentage of California adults employed or looking for work) show the rate continuing to decline the past few years, even as job growth is very strong. Why i... Read more >


What Obama's 2017 Budget Means for Higher Ed

02/15/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. In his final budget proposal, issued on Tuesday, President Obama hit familiar notes, calling for an expansion of the Pell Grant program and a shot in the arm for community colleges. The budget — for the 2017 f... Read more >


Company accused of preying on student loan borrowers files for bankruptcy

02/12/2016

MarketWatch. Student loan borrowers now may have one less company trying to sell them help with their loans. Regulators and state law-enforcement officials have been eyeing companies claiming to offer borrowers help managing their student loans, wa... Read more >


The Questions Developed to Cull Students

02/12/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The policy debate at Mount St. Mary's University has from the start involved more than President Simon Newman's comparisonof at-risk students to bunnies that should be drowned or killed with a Glock. Faculty members and the provo... Read more >


Security, Transparency Clash at UC

02/11/2016

Inside Higher Ed. If you work at a large university, use Gmail or shop on Amazon, chances are you are being subjected to the same type of online monitoring as faculty members at the University of California, cybersecurity experts say. Faculty membe... Read more >


Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

02/11/2016

AP. President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday. King has served as actin... Read more >


Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen

02/11/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. For five decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation's incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations. Use this interactive graphic... Read more >


University of Chicago Cut Stake in For-Profit DeVry Education

02/11/2016

Bloomberg. The University of Chicago reduced its stake in the fourth quarter in DeVry Education Group, the for-profit education company that the Federal Trade Commission sued last month. Chicago’s endowment, valued at $7.6 billion as of June ... Read more >


A Higher Ed Wish List, DOA

02/10/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Executive branch budgets are often little more than wish lists of the party in power, especially in eras of divided government. Add to the mix that this is an election year and the last one of the Obama administration, and the 2017... Read more >


Phoenix Owner Seeks Fresh Start

02/09/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Apollo Education Group's decision to go from publicly traded for-profit company to a privately held one may not be the only major restructuring the company will face down the road. The parent company of the University of Phoenix ... Read more >


Education Dept. Creates ‘Enforcement Unit’ to Police College Wrongdoing

02/09/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Education Department, which has been sharply criticized for its slow response to problems at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, is pledging to react "more quickly and efficiently" to allegations of wro... Read more >


Obama Seeks Tax Credits for Hiring Community College Graduates

02/08/2016

Inside Higher Ed. President Obama is looking to create new tax benefits for employers who hire the graduates of certain community college programs as an effort to boost collaboration between businesses and higher education. The proposal, which the ... Read more >


BREAKING: Apollo Sold to Investors With Obama Ties

02/08/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Apollo Education Group, Inc., which owns the University of Phoenix and is a major player in for-profit higher education, this morning announced a deal to be sold to a consortium of investors, including the Vistria Group, funds af... Read more >


Education Dept. Adds Requirements for Accreditors

02/05/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education this week introduced several new requirements for accreditors, adding to the slightly beefed-up new rules it announced in November. The department has pushed more aggressive reforms to the accre... Read more >


College Readiness of Low-Income Students Stagnates

02/05/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Roughly one in four of the 1.9 million high school students who graduated in 2015 and took the ACT are from low-income backgrounds, meaning their annual family incomes are less than $36,000. This group continues to lag in college r... Read more >


Chain of For-Profit Beauty Schools Will Close After U.S. Cuts Off Funds

02/04/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. All campuses of the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty chain will cease operations by Friday, following an announcement this week that the U.S. Department of Education was cutting off the institution’s acc... Read more >


Boost in Cal Grant funding aims to keep pace with growing rate of college-ready students

02/04/2016

EdSource. The state could help more than 20,000 additional students pay for college under Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal. The governor wants the state to invest $2.1 billion in 2016-17 in the Cal Grant Program, the nation’s largest ... Read more >


Pearson Narrows Focus

02/03/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Pearson, after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on learning management systems, is leaving the market as the company seeks to restructure itself and boost its profits. The company, whose operations touch nearly every segme... Read more >


Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security

02/03/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Angry lawmakers hammered the Education Department’s chief information officer, Danny A. Harris, at a hearing on Tuesday, accusing him of ethical lapses and failing to secure the agency’s "vulnerable" informat... Read more >


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize in 2 of 3 Schools at U. of Southern California

02/03/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. A campaign to unionize non-tenure-track faculty members at the University of Southern California succeeded in two out of three divisions of the private institution, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The ca... Read more >


The Latest on the Growth of Part-Time Employment in California

02/02/2016

Fox & Hounds. Over the past few years, a main storyline in California employment has been the shift from full-time employment with expectations of stability to employment that is contingent (for limited period or project-based), or independent-c... Read more >


Higher Ed Overhaul Unlikely in 2016

02/02/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Out on the presidential campaign trail, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for higher education issues. But in the U.S. Congress, the prospect that lawmakers will take up, much less pass, a much-anticipated and already overdue ov... Read more >


Education Dept. Suspends Student-Aid Eligibility for Dozens of For-Profit Programs

02/01/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education has suspended student-aid eligibility at 26 for-profit education programs, in California, Illinois, and Nevada, after an investigation found several rules violations by the programs... Read more >


APSCU President Gunderson Releases State of the Sector Report

02/01/2016

APSCU. White Paper Details Significant Changes and Renewed Focus on Outcomes Washington, DC - February 1, 2016 – Today, APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson released a "State of the Sector" report on postsecondary career education. The white... Read more >


Feds Act Against DeVry

01/28/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A pair of federal agencies announced Wednesday that they would take action against DeVry University for allegedly making deceptive claims about its job placement rates and graduates' wages. The Federal Trade Commission filed a la... Read more >


Mixed Ruling on For-Profit Rules

01/28/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A federal judge in Massachusetts this week issued a mixed ruling in a case challenging tougher regulations on for-profit colleges enacted by that state’s attorney general. The Massachusetts attorney general’s office, which... Read more >


Employers as Accreditors

01/28/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and USA Funds want employers to have more say in the accreditation process, and even to create an alternative, complementary form of quality assurance that would be employer driven. That was... Read more >


Claiming Deceptive Practices, Education Dept. and FTC Take Action Against For-Profit DeVry

01/27/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Federal Trade Commission says the for-profit DeVry University deceived prospective students through exaggerated claims in its advertisements. The commission announced on Wednesday that it had filed suit again... Read more >


Wanted: Nursing Instructors

01/27/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The demand for nurses isn't going away and it seems interest from potential nursing students remains strong. But colleges continue to find it difficult to admit all of the qualified candidates into their nursing programs, especiall... Read more >


Is Community College Already Free? It’s More Complicated Than That, Researchers Say

01/25/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. One critique of the free-college movement, or even debt-free college, is that students have plenty of low-cost options within higher education. For instance, community colleges. “Public two-year colleges … ... Read more >


‘Gainful’ back on trial

01/25/2016

POLITICO ‘GAINFUL’ BACK ON TRIAL: Despite the impending blizzard, the U.S. Court of Appeals’ DC Circuit judges still plans to hear oral arguments this morning in the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’ lawsuit over the ... Read more >


New Book Accuses Education Dept. of Fudging Numbers on Student-Loan Defaults

01/22/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Has the Education Department deliberately deceived the public and policy makers about student-loan default rates in the for-profit sector and its own student-lending program? Mary Lyn Hammer, a default-management ... Read more >


4,000 to Lose Jobs as Pearson Restructures

01/22/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Education giant Pearson plans to cut 4,000 positions -- 10 percent of its workforce -- as part of a global restructuring process, the company said on Thursday. Declining college enrollment in the U.S., fewer students taking vocatio... Read more >


Ed Dept. Pledges Transparency on Title IX Exemptions

01/22/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has pledged to make it easier for prospective students to find out if colleges they may want to attend have applied for or received exemptions to parts of Title IX of the Education... Read more >


Justice for all, including for-profit colleges

01/21/2016

The Hill. There is a full-scale war being fought against “for-profit” colleges.  Despite the strong record of most of these institutions and the lack of evidence of wrongdoing in most cases, every college in this sector is now being branded by ... Read more >


Guest opinion: New education rules not fair to some

01/21/2016

Pomerado News. Throughout the San Diego region, we rely on various services to be available to us. These services include professionals that service the vehicles that we drive or the nurses that take care of an aging loved one. We may not always rea... Read more >


Transfer System From 2-Year to 4-Year Colleges Isn’t Working, Report Says

01/19/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Only 14 percent of the students who start out in a community college transfer to a four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to a report released on Tuesday by three groups t... Read more >


Obama Calls for Pell Grant Changes to Accelerate Progress Toward Degrees

01/19/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. To help students make quicker progress toward earning degrees, the Obama administration is calling for a significant expansion of the Pell Grant program that would make the grants available year-round and reward st... Read more >


Accreditors Seek to Challenge Consumer Bureau's Power

01/19/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A group of national accreditors is seeking to weigh in on the dispute between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools over whether that controversial accrediting o... Read more >


Community college students deserve better than they are getting

01/19/2016

The Washington Post. Sonja Anderson represented a vital part of Northern Virginia Community College’s huge enrollment. She was an electronic-applications engineer who had learned on the job and needed a bachelor’s degree to be paid what she was ... Read more >


The Apprentice Returns

01/19/2016

Fox & Hounds. This week, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges will be asked to approve more than $16 million in California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) projects to expand apprenticeship presence and enrollment in Califo... Read more >


FAFSA Trouble

01/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The federal government has in recent months made several changes to the application process for federal financial aid, in an effort to make it easier and more straightforward. But one change -- switching from a four-digit PIN for... Read more >


How 46 Title IX Cases Were Resolved

01/15/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights signaled stricter enforcement of Title IX in April 2011, it has resolved 46 investigations of colleges for possible violations of the gender-equi... Read more >


Defense Dept. Lifts Suspension of U. of Phoenix From Tuition Assistance Program

01/15/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Defense has lifted its suspension of the University of Phoenix from the federal Tuition Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to active-duty members of the armed services, a depart... Read more >


One Problem Leads to Another?

01/14/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Once again City College of San Francisco is facing scrutiny over how it handles finances. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that two administrators who were hired to handle the college's accreditation crisis could no... Read more >


Watchdog's New Role at Ed Dept.

01/14/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Rohit Chopra, a former top Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official who has been critical of the Obama administration’s management of the federal student loan program, will be joining the U.S. Department of Education to work... Read more >


Bellus Academy Supports "Shortage of Skills" Campaign

01/14/2016

Benzingo.com More than 77,600 new cosmetology positions could be needed by 2022. San Diego, Cali. (PRWEB) January 14, 2016  Bellus Academy is partnering with the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) to raise awareness t... Read more >


Cost Share Shift

01/13/2016

Inside Higher Ed. There’s good news and bad news when it comes to how much of a financial burden students and families are shouldering for a college education. The good news? The share of tuition that covers educational costs at institutions didn... Read more >


Debate Over Debt Relief Begins

01/12/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Less than a year ago, Ann Bowers was among the first of 15 student activists refusing to repay the federal loans they used to attend a faltering for-profit college chain. Starting Tuesday, she will be at the negotiating table as... Read more >


Apollo teams with Washington insider for education deal: sources

01/12/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC has brought in a Chicago-based private equity fund with deep Washington connections as it tries to finalize the acquisition of for-profit education provider Apollo Education Group In... Read more >


Can colleges compensate recruiters based on graduation rates?

01/12/2016

Lexology. As we’ve noted before, our higher education practice regularly receives inquiries related to incentive compensation plans for recruiters. Late last year, following a series of rulemakings, lawsuits, and court decisions, the Department f... Read more >


Reminders

01/11/2016

Inside Higher Ed. CONFESSIONS OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEANIn which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care. I called this one... Read more >


For-Profit Colleges to New Education Secretary: Play Nice

01/11/2016

U.S. News & World Report. Now that Arne Duncan is no longer perched atop the Department of Education, the for-profit higher education sector is hoping his successor will take a different – and perhaps less punishing – tack toward its scho... Read more >


PE firm Apollo Global in talks to buy Apollo Education: source

01/11/2016

Reuters. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) is in advanced talks to buy for-profit education provider Apollo Education Group Inc (APOL.O), a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The deal, which could be worth about ... Read more >


Shortage of Skills: Health Care Professionals and Nurses

01/08/2016

APSCU. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.4 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand "job ready" employees and prospecti... Read more >


Proposed Funding Increases for California Colleges and Students

01/08/2016

Inside Higher Ed. California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday proposed $1 billion in new funding for the state's public institutions, an increase of 3.4 percent. (Roughly $590 million of that amount would come from the state's general fund.) The tot... Read more >


California Accreditor Loses Appeal

01/07/2016

Inside Higher Ed. After waiting for nearly two years, the Obama administration this week decided to uphold its decision that California's community college accreditor was not meeting federal accreditation standards, and it gave the accreditor a year... Read more >


Guidance or Rule Making?

01/07/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The guidance letters issued in recent years by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on how colleges should investigate and adjudicate cases of sexual assault are effectively -- and illegally -- acting as bin... Read more >


More Changes to FAFSA List

01/07/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education is planning to further restrict how it shares information about students’ college preferences, but some state officials are concerned the changes will make it more difficult for them to award fund... Read more >


More colleges under federal oversight for student aid disbursements

01/07/2016

UPI. Dozens of colleges and universities have been added to the growing list of institutions subject to increased financial oversight by the federal government, putting a damper on the schools' ability to dole out federal aid. Records from the U.S.... Read more >


Kaplan spins off a “sister company” focused on cybersecurity education

01/06/2016

The Washington Post. Education giant Kaplan said Wednesday it has split off a 12-person unit to form a separate “sister company” called Cybervista, to produce web-based cybersecurity courses.  The new company remains under the ownership of Kap... Read more >


Education Department Tightens Reins on More Colleges

01/05/2016

Inside Higher Ed. U.S. Department of Education officials are more closely monitoring a greater number of colleges and universities over concerns about their management of federal funds, according to newly released government data. As of Dec. 1, 54... Read more >


For-Profit Group's Entreaty to John King

01/05/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities on Monday wrote to John King, the acting U.S. secretary of education, to request a "constructive collaboration" between the for-profit sector and the department during t... Read more >


Spending by CC of San Francisco Officials Questioned

01/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Administrators at City College of San Francisco, where cuts to academic programs remain controversial, have been spending significant sums on travel and other expenses without documentation about the purpose of such spending, the ... Read more >


Loan Guarantor to Ask Supreme Court for Relief

01/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The loan guarantor USA Funds plans to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court today seeking to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that barred the agency from collecting fees from a borrower who had defaulted on her stude... Read more >


'Not Blacklisted,' but 'Not Reputed'

01/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The story broke just before Christmas. The Times of India reported that Air India was refusing to fly international students with visas to attend two California institutions, Northwestern Polytechnic and Silicon Valley Universit... Read more >


How U.S. Fares Globally on Higher Ed Measures

01/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The United States spends more money per student on higher education than any of the other developed countries in the Group of 20, while its performance on many attainment measures does not lead the pack, a new report from the Nat... Read more >


Boost From a Budget Deal

12/21/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Congress did more on Friday than just avoid a government shutdown -- the omnibus spending and tax bills it passed ignored the mandatory cuts in discretionary spending that were due to take effect, resulting in significant increases... Read more >


What legacy?

12/18/2015

The Hill. During the negotiations around the omnibus appropriations bill, the Obama administration made crystal clear their hostility to private sector education – when they informed Congressional leaders that any language in the bill delaying the... Read more >


Tighter Reins on Accreditor

12/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The fate of California's community college accreditor remains in doubt after a federal panel on Thursday recommended limiting the accreditor's power and extending its existing authority for only a short period of time. Members of ... Read more >


California’s Community Colleges Can’t Live With Accreditor, Can’t Live Without It

12/18/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. A handful of California’s community colleges may have a problem offering new bachelor’s-degree programs, as planned, by 2017. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, one of the nation’s... Read more >


The famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school -- which taught Julia Child -- is closing its U.S. campuses

12/17/2015

Los Angeles Times. Le Cordon Bleu is shutting down in the U.S. The cooking school's 16 campuses in the country, including one in Pasadena, will stop enrolling students after Jan. 4. The first Cordon Bleu opened its doors in Paris in 1895, and is pr... Read more >


California Employment Careens into 2016…Though the Handwringing Continues

12/17/2015

Fox & Hounds. The California economy careens into 2016. November state employment numbers will be released this Friday, and should follow the job gain trends of the past few years. In the most recent job numbers through October 2015,  Californ... Read more >


Career Ed Closing Down Le Cordon Bleu Operations

12/17/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Career Education Corporation announced yesterday that it will stop enrolling new students at the Le Cordon Bleu Colleges of Culinary Art after Jan. 4, 2016, and wind down operations.  The for-profit company attempted to sell ... Read more >


What this for-profit university did to boost enrollment (and why it didn't work)

12/16/2015

Phoenix Business Journal. Universal Technical Institute Inc.'s (NYSE: UTI) enrollment has been declining over the past several years, which led management of the Scottsdale-based technical education company to look for ways to cut costs and operate... Read more >


Downward Spiral on Enrollments

12/16/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The several-year decline in enrollment in American colleges and universities continued and arguably intensified this fall, driven by sharp dips in numbers of students at for-profit colleges, full-time students at community colleges... Read more >


Stateside Alert

12/15/2015

California **CA Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education final emergency regulation effective 2/1/2015, 7/31/2015 and final rule 11/23/2015: Amendments to the Rules Addressing Degree Granting Institutions Issue:... Read more >


University of Phoenix parent pays $105M for school in Germany

12/14/2015

Phoenix Business Journal. Apollo Education Group Inc.'s (Nasdaq: APOL) wholly-owned subsidiary Apollo Global Inc. is making its debut in Germany with a $105 million acquisition of Career Partner GmbH. Apollo Global now operates nine schools, where... Read more >


CA Board of Behavioral Sciences final regulation effective 1/1/2016: Amendments to the Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapists Rules

12/10/2015

California **CA Board of Behavioral Sciences final regulation effective 1/1/2016: Amendments to the Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapists Rules Issue: Professional Board Requirements Subissue: Selected Professions ... Read more >


California Accreditor Under Fire

12/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The embattled accrediting organization that oversees California’s community colleges should lose some of its existing authority and not be allowed to expand its jurisdiction, the U.S. Department of Education’s accreditation u... Read more >


Rubio's Take on Higher Ed

12/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Senator Marco Rubio is the only Republican presidential candidate talking in detail about higher education so far. And he’s not treading lightly. American higher education is “outdated,” “too expensive,” “broken” an... Read more >


This Week The Labor Dept. Unveils The Future Of Work

12/09/2015

Fox & Hounds. This Thursday, December 10, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is hosting a forum on the “Future of Work”. It is widely promoting this forum as an all-day session bringing together business leaders, academics, workers and advoc... Read more >


Cal State Faculty Object to New Background Check Policy

12/08/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A growing number of institutions are seeking to require background checks for employees, but a policy for the California State University System has the faculty asking to put it on hold, according to the Los Angeles Times. Th... Read more >


ED Issues New Incentive Compensation Guidance

12/07/2015

Cooley LLP. Compensation based on student completions now permissible, while compensation based on diversity recruitment still not allowed At the end of November, the US Department of Education ("ED") issued important new guidance regarding its inc... Read more >


Marco Rubio wants to expand for-profit schools' role in higher education

12/07/2015

USA Today. On the presidential campaign trail, Marco Rubio likes to poke fun at a higher education system that he says churns out droves of liberal arts majors saddled with student loan debt and dim job prospects. The Florida senator and Republican... Read more >


Shortage of Skills Part One: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

12/04/2015

 APSCU. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.5 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand “job ready” employees and pro... Read more >


Debt Relief for Some Former Corinthian Students

12/04/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it has granted the requests for debt forgiveness made by more than 1,300 federal student loan borrowers who attended Heald College, a subsidiary of the now-defunct for-prof... Read more >


Accreditor Fight With CFPB Moves to Federal Court

12/04/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The battle between a national accrediting organization overseeing many for-profit colleges and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now making its way through federal court. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges ... Read more >


Discriminatory Racial Preferences in College Admissions Return to the Supreme Court: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

12/04/2015

The Heritage Foundation. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court is reconsidering whether it is constitutional for the University of Texas at Austin to use race in its undergraduate admissions decisions, to the detriment of some students and the benefit o... Read more >


The Coddling of the American Mind

12/04/2015

The Atlantic. Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offen... Read more >


Learning, Not Wages

12/03/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The many current critics of higher education accreditation tend to fall into a few categories. Some -- let's call them the Marco Rubio types -- believe that the existing quality assurance system, through "cartel"-like behavior t... Read more >


Trigger Warning Skepticism

12/02/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Much of the debate thus far over trigger warnings -- the flagging of specific course content that might offend or otherwise upset students -- has centered on anecdotes, some of them obviously controversial. At Oberlin College, for ... Read more >


Department of education OKs graduation-based incentive comp, prohibits diversity enrollment-based comp

12/02/2015

Lexology. Reversing its earlier position, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday, Nov. 27 that it will no longer ban colleges and universities from compensating recruiters based on students’ graduation from, or completion of, educa... Read more >


Taking a Stand for Free Speech

12/01/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Several dozen Yale University faculty members on Monday issued an open letter defending the right of free speech, and offering support for Erika and Nicholas Christakis, whom some students want ousted from their positions leading... Read more >


Gainful Employment: An Unfair Rule With Bad Consequences

12/01/2015

The John William Pope Center for Higher Education. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled its controversial College Scorecard website and accompanying data. This was the first time that student salary and debt information was made ava... Read more >


Education Department's Regulatory Gimmicks Can't Change Reality: Many Students Aren't Interested

11/30/2015

Forbes. America’s national obsession with raising our “educational attainment” level leads politicians and bureaucrats to focus on the silliest of things. Lately, that has been college accreditation. On November 6, the U.S. Department of Educ... Read more >