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A college both left and right should be angry about

05/15/2012

The American, May 14, 2012 By Andrew P. Kelly Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration have spent the past three years going after for-profit colleges in an effort to combat fraud and misuse of federal student aid monies. Some policymakers ... Read more >


Opposing view: Private colleges play a central role

05/14/2012

USA Today, May 13, 2012 by Steve Gunderson Private-sector colleges and universities have grown dramatically in recent years. Today, they serve more than 3 million postsecondary students — almost 13% of the total college enrollment. But this growth ... Read more >


Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440

05/11/2012

Legislative Analyst's Office, May 11, 2012 The Legislative Analyst's Office has just issued the following report: Reforming the State's Transfer Process: A Progress Report on Senate Bill 1440 The Legislature has long recognized the importance of faci... Read more >


Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education

05/11/2012

MarketWatch, May 10, 2012 New research into national education systems gives the first ranking of countries which are the 'best' at providing higher education. The Universitas 21 Ranking was announced today (11 May 2012) at an event at Lund Universit... Read more >


U C a Better Idea?

05/11/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2012 By Kevin Kiley If something is broken, people tend to want to fix it. But when the something in question is surrounded by other complex and potentially deficient systems, as seems to be the case for the University ... Read more >


Doubling of Stafford Interest Rates May Cost Only $6 More a Month

05/11/2012

The New York Times, May 10, 2012 By Tanya Caldwell The Senate may have failed to act on a bill that would have prevented the doubling of interest rates for some student loans, but the inaction may not matter much. According to two experts on financia... Read more >


Obama’s College Promises

05/10/2012

National Review Online, May 10, 2012 By Katrina Trinko The Obama campaign has a message for young-adult voters: When it comes to higher education, the president will dole out taxpayer dollars and “free stuff” at the rate Joe Biden makes gaffes. W... Read more >


Californians' Enrollment in State Universities Drops

05/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2012 The percentage of new California high school graduates who enroll in the University of California and California State University Systems has dropped from 22 percent in 2007 to less than 18 percent in 2010, according to... Read more >


Taxpayers On Hook For $850 Billion In Student Loans

05/10/2012

Investors Business Daily, May 9, 2012 By David Hogberg With a possible higher-education bubble looming, taxpayers are on the hook for about $850 billion in student loan debt. Exactly how much of that the federal government would have to bail out if t... Read more >


Much Ado About Double or Nothing

05/10/2012

The New York Times, May 9, 2012 By Mark Kantrowitz and Lynn O’Shaughnessy THE interest rate on the popular Stafford federal student loan program is set to double in July, after the Senate could not reach agreement on Tuesday on a way to keep the r... Read more >


CFPB's First For-Profit Salvo

05/10/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2012 By Paul Fain The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating Corinthian Colleges Inc., the company said last week, with a broad inquiry that may revolve around Corinthian’s institutional student loan pr... Read more >


Jerry Brown tells unions to brace for California state worker pay cuts

05/10/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 9, 2012 State workers' compensation is back on the budget chopping block. Brown administration officials met with the state employee union leaders last week, according to sources familiar with the meetings, to warn them that... Read more >


Behind Obama’s Definition of Wealth and Paying Off Student Loans

05/08/2012

ABC News. April 25, 2012. By Jonathan Karl President Obama told students at the University of North Carolina Tuesday that he knows what it is like to struggle with student loan debt because he and his wife didn’t pay off their student loans until e... Read more >


Sallie Mae's New Fixed-Rate Student Loan Option Should Freak Congress Out

05/08/2012

Business Insider, May 8, 2012, By Mandi Woodruff In another sign the private loan industry is looking to tidy its tarnished reputation, the nation's largest private education lender, Sallie Mae, has introduced its first ever fixed-rate student loan. ... Read more >


President Yudof defends UC's accessibility to poor

05/08/2012

The Fresno Bee. May 8, 2012. By Heather Somerville Speaking before an audience of Fresno business and education leaders, University of California President Mark Yudof made the case that the state's most prestigious public university system is still ... Read more >


Senate Republicans Block Vote on Bill to Freeze Interest Rate on Student Loans

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 8, 2012. By Kelly Field Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked a bill on Tuesday that would temporarily freeze the interest rate on subsidized student loans, saying the measure would prolong the nation's econo... Read more >


State Student-Aid Grants Should Focus on Completion, Not Just Merit, Report Says

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 8, 2012. By Eric Kelderman States will have to use student-aid grants more efficiently to get the most value from that spending and increase the number of college graduates, recommends a new report being relea... Read more >


Sallie Mae Will Offer Fixed-Rate Private Student Loans

05/08/2012

The New York Times. May 7, 2012.  By Ann Carrns Sallie Mae introduced fixed-rate, private loans today for students and families who need extra money for college. Although it is the largest student lender, Sallie Mae is a bit late to the fixed-rate ... Read more >


Kyl: Reid student loan bill a job-killer by imposing permanent taxes

05/08/2012

The Hill.  May 7, 2012.  By Pete Kasperowicz. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday that a Democratic bill to extend low interest rates on federally subsidized student loans for another year would be a permanent job-killer, because it ... Read more >


Quarterly profit up 53% for Grand Canyon University's parent

05/08/2012

AZCentral.com, May 7, 2012, by Jahna Berry Buoyed a strong wave of new students, the parent of Grand Canyon University reported a 53 percent bump in quarterly profits and projected that the Phoenix-based education company could pull in more revenue t... Read more >


The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

05/08/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2012 By Stacey Patton "I am not a welfare queen," says Melissa Bruninga-Matteau. That's how she feels compelled to start a conversation about how she, a white woman with a Ph.D. in medieval history and an adj... Read more >


Counterpoint: For-Profits and Philanthropy

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 By Steve Gunderson In his recent op-ed, “For-Profits’ War on Philanthropy,” Johann Neem misses the point. Unfortunately, his deep philosophical opposition to for-profit colleges and universities gets in the wa... Read more >


Online Classes. Low Prices. Every Day

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 When something sounds too good to be true, you check it out. So Jeana Murphy and Henry Jordan did some sleuthing when their employer, Walmart, offered to pick up part of the tab for degrees from an online university that... Read more >


Report Faults Student Loan Collection Agencies

05/08/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2012 The Education Department is increasingly relying on collection agencies to obtain funds from those who have defaulted on student loans, but the department is failing to monitor complaints about these agencies, says a new... Read more >


Accreditor Excuses Faulty Job-Placement Reports at Career Education Corp.

05/07/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 2012 The Career Education Corporation, which owns more than 90 for-profit colleges worldwide, announced on Monday that its accreditor had removed a "show cause" order, which had required the company to prove ... Read more >


Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat

05/07/2012

POLITICO, May 7, 2012 A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election. Mitt Romney edged out President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent among likely voters, ... Read more >


Dan Walters: Upcoming tax battle could be a nasty feud

05/07/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2012 Let's get ready to rumble. In this corner is California Gov. Jerry Brown. In that corner is Molly Munger, a very wealthy civil rights attorney. Brown and his union allies want voters to raise their own sales taxes, plu... Read more >


California community colleges look to save money by banning repeat classes

05/07/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2012 Mweluke Kyumba was the most dapper student at American River Collegeon Friday afternoon, donning a black vest and tie over his satin blue shirt while other students welcomed the sunny weather with shorts and tees. It w... Read more >


Berkeley Fires Administrator Who Gave Raises to Lover

05/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2012 The University of California at Berkeley on Friday fired Diane Leite, formerly an assistant vice chancellor, who was demoted previously but not fired when word surfaced that she had helped triple the pay of her lover, al... Read more >


Obama and Romney Draw Battle Lines over Education

05/07/2012

The Fiscal Times, May 7, 2012 On the surface at least, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney see eye to eye on a number of key education issues: Both politicians place great store in standardized testing to evaluate teacher performanc... Read more >


White House pressures GOP on student loan bill

05/07/2012

Associated Press, May 7, 2012 The White House pressed Republicans Monday to back Democratic legislation preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling in July as the two parties remained deadlocked over how to pay for the move. "As ... Read more >


New College, New Model

05/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2012 Not much is truly unique in higher education. The industry is too big, and most experiments have been tried before. But the new Ameritas College sure sounds different. Ameritas, launched last week, blends for-profit... Read more >


Student-aid offers often harbor devil in details

05/07/2012

San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2012 When Susan Romano first read her son Zach's financial aid letter from Drexel University, a private college in Philadelphia, her eyes immediately jumped to the line highlighted in yellow: "$13,442 expected payment"... Read more >


U. of California System Will Centralize HR in Riverside

05/04/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2012 University of California administrators announced Thursday that the system will centralize payroll and human resources for its 10 campuses and five medical centers at a new site in Riverside. The new center is part of a ... Read more >


UC-San Diego Drops Transfer Guarantee, Rankling 2-Year Colleges

05/04/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2012 Leaders of San Diego and Imperial County community colleges have publicly rebuked the University of California at San Diego for its plan to drop a longstanding transfer policy that guarantees admission to local co... Read more >


The Campus Tsunami

05/04/2012

The New York Times, May 3, 2012 Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007. But, over the past few months, som... Read more >


Trillion-Dollar Misunderstanding: The Seven Sins of Federal Student Loans

05/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 3, 2012 Charles Miller, chair of the Spellings Commission, reminded me the other day that that panel in its report referred to the federal financial aid system as “dysfunctional.” I think I (as a member o... Read more >


The New Politics of Student Debt

05/03/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2012 These days, Robert Applebaum is feeling vindicated. In January 2009, Applebaum, then a 35-year-old lawyer with more than $80,000 in student debt, created a petition calling for student loan forgiveness to stimulate the e... Read more >


Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses

05/03/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2, 2012 The group of elite universities offering free online courses just got bigger. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a partnership that will host online courses ... Read more >


California college leaders lobby for more funding

05/02/2012

SanLuisObispo.com, May 1, 2012 The leaders of California's three higher education systems warned Tuesday that more budget cuts will hurt the state's economic recovery. The heads of the University of California, California State University and Califo... Read more >


Looking to pivotal 2007 Stanford study for ed reform answers

05/02/2012

SIA Cabinet Report, May 2, 2012 Five years ago, an exhaustive study led by researchers from Stanford University took a hard look at how California governs and funds public education. That led to the creation of a gubernatorial blue-ribbon panel and a... Read more >


Holding transcripts hostage

05/02/2012

Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2012 Students traditionally have a soft spot for their alma maters. But as growing numbers of students run up debt in the high five and even six figures to pay for college, that may change. Especially when they discover t... Read more >


U. of California at Berkeley Receives $60-Million for New Computing Institute

05/02/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2012 The University of California at Berkeley has won a $60-million grant from the Simons Foundation to create a new center for theoretical computer science, the university announced today. The center, called... Read more >


Cal State May Let Foundations Add to Presidents' Pay

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2012 The California State University System board will consider a policy next week that would freeze the pay of campus presidents, but allow foundations associated with the campuses to pay for raises, The Los Angeles T... Read more >


Ratings agency raises concerns about California budget

05/02/2012

The Sacramento Bee, May 1, 2012 Ratings agency Standard & Poor's raised concerns today after California income tax revenues fell short in April and a judge ruled the state controller cannot withhold legislative pay based on budget quality. In i... Read more >


The New Class Warfare

05/02/2012

City Journal, Spring 2012 California’s superwealthy progressives seem intent on destroying middle-class jobs. Few states have offered the class warriors of Occupy Wall Street more enthusiastic support than California has. Before they overstayed the... Read more >


The Shrinking Law School

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2012 Frank Wu doesn’t mince words. “The critics of legal education are right,” said Wu, the chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “There are too many law schools and the... Read more >


Tempering the Rise of the Machines

05/02/2012

Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2012 The machines are rising. Soon they will be sophisticated enough to fill certain faculty roles at traditional universities. But to make this revolution work for students, academic leaders at those traditional institutions... Read more >


Colleges fight fraud with more coursework

05/02/2012

USA Today, May 1, 2012 Amid rising concern that fraud rings are making off with millions of dollars of federal financial aid, some of the colleges most at risk have come up with one deterrent that is notable for its simplicity: They're assigning more... Read more >


Staggered Oikos swims upstream toward survival

04/30/2012

Contra Costa Times, April 30, 2012 The room where the killing began shows no signs of violence. The bloodstains have been carpeted over, and plaster covers the bullet holes. But Oikos University students and employees know that the otherwise barren c... Read more >


Business Leaders Must Advocate for ‘Broad Access’ Colleges, Report Urges

04/30/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2012 As educators and policy makers strive to keep the United States competitive in the global tally of adults with postsecondary degrees, the Committee for Economic Development, a think tank, is urging bu... Read more >


Cal State Students Plan Hunger Strike

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 Thirteen students at six California State University campuses are planning a hunger strike, vowing to fast until the university system freezes tuition, cuts spending on administrators and agrees to various other measu... Read more >


More Conflict Over Interest Rate

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 The House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to keep the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans at 3.4 percent for another year, but President Obama threatened to veto the measure because it would co... Read more >


New Ethics Code for Agents

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 Four countries that are among the top destinations (besides the United States) for foreign students have issued a joint ethics code for agents used in recruitment efforts. The statement -- endorsed by education o... Read more >


Credit Hour (Still) Rules

04/30/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2012 It’s an understatement of near-epic proportions to say that policy makers and politicians are smitten with Western Governors University’s brand of competency-based learning. After years of slow growth in the w... Read more >


Obama signs executive order to protect troops from for-profit college deceptive practices

04/27/2012

The Washington Post, April 27, 2012 Surrounded by thousands of uniformed members of the Army’s Third Infantry Division, President Obama Friday signed an executive ordercracking down on for-profit colleges that prey on service members and veterans t... Read more >


GOP ignores veto threat, passes student loan bill

04/27/2012

Fox News, April 27, 2012 Republicans ignored a veto threat and overcame a rebellion by party conservatives to push a bill through the House Friday keeping interest rates on millions of federal student loans from doubling this summer. Lawmakers voted ... Read more >


CA home to nation’s most run-down public schools serving military families

04/27/2012

SIA Cabinet Report, April 27, 2012 Seven of the nation’s 24 most dilapidated public schools serving military families are located in California, according to disclosures this week by state officials. The report is drawn from a survey of military-ba... Read more >


Northern Virginia CC Teams Up with U. of Phoenix

04/27/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2012 Northern Virginia Community College is the latest two-year institution to announce a partnership with the University of Phoenix, with the announcement yesterday of a transfer agreement. Students from the community col... Read more >


More Negotiated Rule Making Planned

04/27/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2012 The Education Department just finished two rounds of negotiated rule making on financial aid issues -- one on student loan regulations and one on the rules that govern financial aid for teacher preparation prog... Read more >


Sallie Mae celebrate 25 years; 'sobering pause' over downsizing

04/27/2012

The Times-Tribune, April 26, 2012 When Sallie Mae opened a facility 25 years ago in the old Faith Shoe factory in Wilkes-Barre, the company had fewer than 40 employees. Today, the student loan giant employs about 800 at its facility in Hanover Indust... Read more >


Student Loan Debate Becomes Election-Year Fight

04/27/2012

The New York Times, April 26, 2012 The subject of interest rates on subsidized college loans, once reserved for the deep weeds of Congressional committees, has touched off a blazing battle between Democrats and Republicans at a volume usually reser... Read more >


Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets

04/27/2012

The Washington Times, April 27, 2012 President Barack Obamais telling military service members and their families that schools seeking to take advantage of them only “care about the cash.” The president and first lady Michelle Obama are speaking ... Read more >


Community colleges consider rationing gym, arts classes

04/24/2012

California Watch, April 23, 2012 As constrained budgets and course cuts have made it harder for many students to get the classes they need, the California Community Colleges are taking further steps toward rationing course offerings and focusing reso... Read more >


Romney Sides With Obama on Lower Student-Loan Interest Rate

04/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2012 Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said he agreed with President Obama that Congress should prevent certain student-loan interest rates from doubling in July. At a press ... Read more >


Call to Action, Again

04/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2012 Community colleges have their work cut out for them. America’s social mobility and economic prosperity depend to a large degree on their success, and the colleges must do a much better job of meeting this challen... Read more >


Privatization Without Angst

04/23/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 23, 2012 "My own college behaves much more like a private college these days than a public." Stephen M. Curtis, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, told fellow community college leaders here Sunday that this... Read more >


Community Colleges Not Up to 21st-Century Mission, Their Own Report Says

04/23/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2012 Calling the American dream imperiled, the American Association of Community Colleges issued a report on Saturday intended to galvanize college leaders to transform their institutions for the 21st-ce... Read more >


Obama wooing young voters with student loan focus

04/23/2012

The Miami Herald, April 21, 2012 Eager to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education as he previews an argument he will make on university campuses next week in states cru... Read more >


Half of new graduates are jobless or underemployed

04/23/2012

USA Today, April 22, 2012 A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scra... Read more >


Report: Community College Attendance Up, But Graduation Rates Remain Low

04/23/2012

U.S. News and World Report, April 21, 2012 For most of the last century, community colleges were designed to expand students' access to higher education. But in recent years, they've been asked to put unemployed Americans back to work, quickly pre... Read more >


Obama and Duncan Begin Push to Avoid Doubling of Student-Loan Interest Rate

04/20/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2012 President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are ramping up efforts to build public support for a way to prevent the interest rate on some student loans from doubling in July. The interest... Read more >


From 'boom town' to bust at the community colleges

04/20/2012

89.3 KPCC, April 19, 2012 When Sean Donnell began teaching at El Camino College in 1998, it was "boom town." The community college system was growing, teachers were receiving a cost-of-living allowance (now frozen), and students were flocking to e... Read more >


Report Documents Growth of Tuition Tax Breaks (and Urges Elimination)

04/20/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 20, 2012 A report by Education Sector shows how rapidly the federal government has increased its spending on tax credits and deductions for college tuition -- tax breaks that disproportionately help upper-income taxpayers. Fin... Read more >


Obama Administration Says It’s Cracking Down on Discriminatory Lending to Students

04/20/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2012 The Obama administration’s new consumer-oriented financial-watchdog agency says it is cracking down on lending practices that discriminate against women and members of minority groups. In a letter t... Read more >


Unrepaired Education Department System Leaves Thousands Stuck in Default

04/20/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2012 Karla De La Torre kept her end of the bargain. After defaulting on her federal student loan, she entered into a "rehabilitation" agreement with the collection agency and made the required nine on-ti... Read more >


California Schools Get Around an Affirmative Action Ban

04/20/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 19, 2012 For all its popularity among college applicants, the University of California never made much of an impression on Amber Brown. She attended math and science camp each summer, graduated with honors, and last y... Read more >


Student Loan Interest Rates Loom as Political Battle

04/20/2012

The New York Times, April 20, 2012 President Obama begins an all-out push on Friday to get Congress to extend the low interest rate on federal student loans, White House officials said, an effort that is likely to become a heated battle along party l... Read more >


Apollo Group enters $625M credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase

04/20/2012

Phoenix Business Journal, April 19, 2012 Apollo Group Inc. has entered into a 5-year $625 million revolving credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, according to a company filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal a... Read more >


SEC probes insider trading at Apollo Group

04/20/2012

Reuters, April 19, 2012 For-profit education provider Apollo Group Inc said the U.S. securities regulator was probing certain share sales by company insiders. The Securities and Exchange Commission contacted Apollo seeking information about the st... Read more >


Graduate Schools Need to Improve Career Counseling, Report Says

04/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19, 2012 By 2020, 2.6 million new jobs will require an advanced degree, according to a report being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service. And graduate schools... Read more >


3 Start-Up Announcements From the Education Innovation Summit

04/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 28, 2012 The theme of disrupting higher education was buzzing among hundreds of conference attendees this week at the Education Innovation Summit at Arizona State University. The event offered start-up compa... Read more >


New Front in For-Profit Battle?

04/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2012 Two Senate Democrats have found a new way to try to hit for-profit colleges where it hurts, by proposing a ban on the use of revenue from federal financial aid for advertising, marketing and recruitment. The propose... Read more >


Pacing Themselves

04/19/2012

Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2012 The media conglomerate Pearson today announced a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to provide online, self-paced courses that the company says will help Ivy Tech deal with student demand and ove... Read more >


A Rolls-Royce For-Profit University?

04/19/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2012 For several years, I have predicted that someone would try to begin an elite, high-quality for-profit university, a school that would be qualitatively extremely good but would operate on a for-profi... Read more >


EDMC shareholders to drop appeal of ruling

04/19/2012

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 19, 2012 A group of shareholders who lost money when Education Management Corp.'s stock plummeted in 2010 have agreed to drop an appeal of a federal judge's decision dismissing the case, according to court records.... Read more >


Online Education Venture Lures Cash Infusion and Deals With 5 Top Universities

04/18/2012

The New York Times - April 18, 2012 An interactive online learning system created by two Stanford computer scientists plans to announce Wednesday that it has secured $16 million in venture capital and partnerships with five major universities. The ... Read more >


APSCU Responds To Legislation Introduced By Senators Hagan And Harkin

04/18/2012

APSCU - April 18, 2012 Former Congressman and president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Steve Gunderson today issued the following statement in response to new legislation introd... Read more >


New Chief to Oversee Private Vocational Schools

04/18/2012

The Bay Citizen - April 18, 2012 Laura Metune on Wednesday became the new chief of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, the beleaguered state agency charged with overseeing the state’s vocational and for-profit colleges. Go... Read more >


Out-of-state expansion of California charter school companies could affect in-state growth

04/18/2012

EdSource.org - April 16, 2012 The decision by two of California’s best known charter management organizations to try to open schools in Memphis and Nashville raises this question: Will the expansion of California-based charter schools outside th... Read more >


Chancellor’s Office Says Santa Monica College’s 2-Tier Pricing Plan Is Illegal

04/18/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2012 The two-tier-pricing plan that Santa Monica College recently backed away from would be illegal under the California Education Code, according to officials in the office of the state’s community-co... Read more >


Senate Bill Would Bar Colleges From Using Federal Student Aid for Marketing

04/18/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2012 Colleges and universities would be banned from using revenue from federal student aid for their advertising and marketing expenses, under a bill introduced on Wednesday by two Senate Democrats. The... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Graduation Rates Omit Many Nontraditional Students

04/18/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - April 13, 2012 To the Editor: The vast majority of today's college students are not kids, and they aren't strolling the quad of a traditional college campus ("Serious Revelations About For-Profits and the Republic... Read more >


U. of California Admits Many More Foreign and Out-of-State Students

04/18/2012

Inside Higher Ed - April 18, 2012 The number of foreign and out-of-state students admitted to the University of California's 10 campuses soared by 43 percent this year, while the overall number of would-be freshmen admitted from within the state's... Read more >


Elite Universities' Online Play

04/18/2012

Inside Higher Ed - April 18, 2012 Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have teamed up with a for-profit company to offer free versions of their coveted courses this year to online audienc... Read more >


New Data on Remediation, and Proposed Fixes

04/18/2012

Inside Higher Ed - April 18, 2012 Complete College America today released a report that diagnoses the failure of the current national approach to remedial education. The study, which includes self-reported data from 31 states, found that students w... Read more >


No Way Out of Default

04/18/2012

Inside Higher Ed - April 18, 2012 For months, persistent problems have plagued the Education Department’s debt management computer systems, which handle billions of dollars in defaulted student loans. For tens of thousands of borrowers, the glit... Read more >


Veterans push to get job credit for military experience

04/18/2012

Standard-Examiner - April 17, 2012 When is a combat medic no longer a skilled medical professional? When is a tank driver no longer qualified to operate heavy equipment? When is a troop division commander too inexperienced to be a security guard a... Read more >


From Master Plan to No Plan: California's Education Failure

04/17/2012

NBC Los Angeles - April 16, 2012 California has gone from having a Master Plan for Higher Education to having no plan for higher education. In 1959, the Legislature mandated the preparation of “a Master Plan for the development, expansion, and in... Read more >


For-profit isn't a model for community colleges

04/17/2012

Los Angeles Time - April 17, 2012 Mark Schneider and Lu Michelle Yin, proponents of for-profit higher education, go on the offensive in their April 11 Times Op-Ed article and criticize public community colleges for our graduation rates, which do nee... Read more >