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Research Raises Questions About Colleges That Shift From For-Profit to Nonprofit

10/06/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Several for-profit colleges have recently restructured as nonprofit entities. But a new report argues that some of them now act like "covert for-profits" and that their backers profit in ways that are not standard ... Read more >


Laureate Education to Become Publicly Traded

10/05/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Laureate Education on Friday announced plans to once again become a publicly traded company. Laureate is the largest U.S.-based for-profit college chain, with over one million students at 88 institutions in 28 countries. The pri... Read more >


Education Secretary Arne Duncan Will Step Down in December

10/02/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Arne Duncan will step down as U.S. secretary of education in December, an Education Department official confirmed on Friday. The news was first reportedby the Associated Press. Mr. Duncan has been a mainstay of P... Read more >


Perkins Loan Program, a Federal Stalwart Since 1958, Meets Its Demise

10/01/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Federal Perkins Loan Program died on Wednesday, the victim of a senator who has made it his mission to simplify student aid. Perkins was the oldest federal student-loan program on the books: Created in 1958... Read more >


Pressure From All Sides: The 2015 Survey of Admissions Directors

10/01/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The challenges facing college admissions leaders just keep growing. As has been the case in recent years, many colleges struggle to fill their classes, according to the 2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admis... Read more >


Obama administration deserves an ‘F’ for its new college scorecard system

09/30/2015

The Hill. A highly publicized part of President Barack Obama’s new education plan is the College Scorecard, which was recently revamped to include new features to help students pick a quality college. The Department of Education launched the Col... Read more >


More Degree Stacking

09/30/2015

Inside Higher Ed. For a second consecutive year, the number of students receiving their first college credential fell, even as the number of students earning a second or third undergraduate credential continued to increase. That's according to a r... Read more >


DEFAULTS DROP THE MOST AMONG STUDENTS FROM PRIVATE SECTOR INSTITUTIONS

09/30/2015

Higher Education For All. Today, the U.S. Department of Education released its three year cohort default rates. The data showed the overall decline in default rates was driven by private sector institutions. Additionally, when compared to community... Read more >


Should Congress Simplify Regulation of Higher Education?

09/29/2015

Penn Program on Regulation. A Senate report issued earlier this year calls on the U.S. Department of Education to scale back regulatory oversight of colleges and universities receiving federal funds. The federal government spends over $75 ... Read more >


U.S. consumer agency slams student loan servicers, eyes reforms

09/29/2015

Reuters. The U.S. consumer watchdog reported widespread failures in the servicing of student loans on Tuesday and urged new rules to protect borrowers. Among the problems cited by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: inaccurate loan statements... Read more >


Small Loans, Big Problem

09/28/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Community colleges are relatively affordable, and their students tend to borrow less than those who attend other types of institutions. Yet the debt students rack up at community colleges is troubling. The reason is that students ... Read more >


Arne Duncan's Wars

09/25/2015

POLITICO. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a mild-mannered, even-tempered, introverted kind of guy, but he’s spent much of his six and a half years in Washington in combat. He’s fought with school choice activists, student debt activists, gun ... Read more >


Applying for Financial Aid Is About to Get Easier

09/24/2015

The New York Times. Choosing a college and applying for aid is complicated — so much so that many smart, low-income students don’t make it past the initial hurdles. But last week, the federal government streamlined and simplified the Fafsa (the ... Read more >


A Tougher Test for Colleges

09/23/2015

Inside Higher Ed. For decades, the federal government’s main yardstick for judging how colleges perform with federal aid dollars has been the default rate on student loans. Each year the U.S. Department of Education tallies up how many borrowers f... Read more >


Student Borrowers Are Missing Out on the Best Repayment Plan

09/21/2015

U.S. News & World Report Student loan repayment plans pegged to borrowers' incomes significantly reduce the risk of default, but only a fraction of those that qualify for such plans take advantage of them, according to a new report from the Gove... Read more >


UMUC Plans to Create a Company to Help Colleges Harness Big Data

09/21/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Maryland Board of Regents on Friday approved the University of Maryland University College’s request to create a for-profit business-intelligence company. The new company will offer data-analysis technology a... Read more >


New EDMC executive takes helm of struggling for-profit education company

09/21/2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In describing his role in the future of Education Management Corp., Mark McEachen makes use of two sporting analogies. He wants to play the quarterback, he says, in allowing his management team to thrive while sometimes call... Read more >


When Regulation Pays

09/18/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Regulation stifles innovation, the complaint goes, protecting the status quo and existing institutions at the expense of alternative providers. But it's not always so. The biggest player in the rapidly expanding boot camp and codi... Read more >


Obama’s revamped college evaluation site ripped as ‘misleading,’ unnecessary

09/14/2015

Fox News. President Obama has launched a scaled-back college evaluation website that does not include what some in the higher-ed world had feared -- a government rating system of America’s roughly 7,000 colleges and universities. But the site s... Read more >


Republican Roundup

09/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have unveiledcomplex -- and expensive -- proposals for making college more affordable. Their Republican counterparts, however, have largely avoided the wonkier side of higher education ... Read more >


Keeping Up With Competency

09/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. That’s up from an estimated52 institutions last year. Amid this quick expa... Read more >


Purchase of Kaplan Campuses Finalized

09/08/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Graham Holdings Company, which controls Kaplan Inc., announced Friday that the sale of its Kaplan Higher Education campuses to Education Corporation of America was completed Thursday, according to a corporate filing. ECA is a for-... Read more >


79,000 Cal State Students’ Personal Data Is Exposed in Hack of Third-Party Vendor

09/08/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Roughly 79,000 students in the California State University system had personal information, including their relationship status and sexual identity, exposed in a hack, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Acco... Read more >


3 Students Shot, 1 Fatally, at Sacramento City College

09/04/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Three students were shot Thursday afternoon at Sacramento City College, and one of them died. Of the other two students, one was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds, and the other had only a grazing wound. The shootings came ... Read more >


Sally Stroup to Leave For-Profit College Group

09/03/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Sally Stroup will step down as executive vice president for government relations and legal counsel for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), which is the for-profit industry's primary trade group. A s... Read more >


U.S. Has Forgiven Loans of More Than 3,000 Ex-Corinthian Student

09/03/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. More than 3,000 borrowers who attended closed Corinthian campuses have had their student loans forgiven by the U.S. Department of Education to date, at a cost of $40 million to taxpayers, according to a report ... Read more >


BRIDGING THE SKILLS GAP FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND NURSES

09/03/2015

Higher Education for All. Health care is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, the Bureau of Labor Statisticsprojects that the sector will have the highest projected employment growth through 2022. Many of the industry’s hig... Read more >


No Love, But No Alternative

09/01/2015

Inside Higher Ed. As recently as three years ago, it seemed unlikely that the existing system of accreditation would survive the next renewal of the Higher Education Act in anything remotely resembling its current form. From across the political sp... Read more >


Trouble for an Accreditor

08/31/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The future looks murky for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. For three years the regional accreditor has sparred with supporters of City College of San Francisco, including faculty groups, San Francis... Read more >


Money for Debt Relief Fight

08/27/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Some of the student activists who are urging the U.S. Department of Education to grant more sweeping loan forgiveness for debt incurred at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges campuses are set to receive $4 million to continue to pr... Read more >


The Unemployment-Enrollment Link

08/27/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Employment and unemployment rates, much more than the number of high school graduates or other population trends -- which are important over time but very slow moving -- are the biggest factors driving enrollment for community coll... Read more >


Dept. of Education Failed to Hold Loan-Management Company Accountable, Audit Finds

08/27/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Education Department failed to hold Xerox Education Solutions, a company it had contracted to track and service student loans, accountable for fixing persistent problemsin its student-debt-management system, t... Read more >


Administration’s July 2015 “Regulatory Review” Adds $14.7 Billion in Costs

08/25/2015

American Action Forum President Obama signed executive orders (13,563 and 13,610) as part of an effort to “eliminate red tape.” Federal agencies were told to “modify, streamline expand, or repeal” existing regulations. The recent “retros... Read more >


How the attempt to fix student loans got bogged down by the middlemen

08/24/2015

The Washington Post. The Education Department has grown into one of the biggest money lenders in the country, overseeing a $1.2 trillion portfolio of student debt rivaling the entire loan business of JPMorgan Chase with a staff roughly the size of t... Read more >


Feds Search for Corinthian Funds

08/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Even as the Department of Education was closely monitoring Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit education company apparently mishandled federal funds earlier this year, lawyers for the U.S. government said in a court filing last w... Read more >


The Hidden Force in For-Profit Closures

08/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The messy unwinding of Corinthian Colleges was an unprecedented dance among various actors: the U.S. Department of Education, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and buyers like ECMC’s Zenith Group -... Read more >


Californians pay for state’s public colleges but increasingly can’t get in

08/20/2015

PBS Newshour. They were once the envy of the world for the access they offered to high-quality education for all students at a low price. But California’s public colleges and universities delivered something different to Andrew Hotchkiss when he a... Read more >


Questioning Loans

08/17/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Another federal agency is launching an investigation into how a for-profit institution provided private student loans. California-based Bridgepoint Education and its subsidiary, Ashford University, received a "civil investigative ... Read more >


Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

08/17/2015

Reuters. Hey, high schoolers, scared of bombing on the SATs and not getting into college? Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission.  Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University l... Read more >


California measure fails to create green jobs

08/17/2015

The Union Democrat. Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, ... Read more >


‘Machine Teaching’ Is Seen as Way to Develop Personalized Curricula

08/14/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison say they are getting closer to designing a system to deliver the ideal lesson plan for each student, through a process they call “machine teaching.” If th... Read more >


CLINTON EDUCATION PLAN HARMS STUDENT ACCESS AND OUTCOMES

08/12/2015

Higher Education For All.   The New York Times is right: a college education is a basic requirement for many middle-class jobs. But the main barrier for Americans looking to attain higher education is not borrowing, which enables them to finance ... Read more >


A Key Question for Clinton’s College-Affordability Plan: Will States Buy In?

08/11/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The pillar of Hillary Clinton’s higher-education proposal that has attracted the most attention could also be a tough sell to state lawmakers. Mrs. Clinton’s proposal, which she announced on Monday at a camp... Read more >


Clinton's Big Plan for Higher Ed

08/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Hillary Clinton will today unveil a massive plan to make higher education more affordable, student loan debt less burdensome and states accountable for supporting their public colleges. The plan -- which would cost $350 billion ove... Read more >


California Attorney General Investigates U of Phoenix

08/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Apollo Education Group said Friday that it is being investigated by California's attorney general, Kamala Harris. The inquiry relates to the University of Phoenix, which Apollo owns, and students who are veterans or members of the ... Read more >


Universal Technical Institute continues decline in enrollment, revenue, income

08/10/2015

Phoenix Business Journal. Universal Technical Institute Inc. (NYSE: UTI) experienced another quarter of declining enrollment, revenue and income as the Scottsdale-based automotive technical training provider looks for new ways to attract students. ... Read more >


Apollo’s University of Phoenix faces California probe over military recruiting

08/10/2015

The Arizona Republic. California’s attorney general has opened an investigation of the University of Phoenix tied to its recruiting of members of the military, its parent company disclosed Friday. The request, which seeks records since 2010, is s... Read more >


Summer remedial courses now required for nearly half of CSU freshmen

08/10/2015

EdSource. In a recent quiz for her class of incoming Cal State Fullerton freshmen – who had all failed an algebra placement exam – Cherlyn Converse asked the students to solve a polynomial equation by factoring its properties. The 35 students h... Read more >


Asking everyone’s rich uncle to pay for school

08/06/2015

Bloomberg Business. Laura Strong, a 29-year-old in suburban Chicago, owes $245,000 on student loans for the psychology Ph.D. she finished in 2013. This year, she says she hopes to earn $35,000 working part-time jobs as a therapist and yoga teacher... Read more >


When California Eliminated Its Higher-Ed Commission, Little Was Lost, Speaker Says

08/05/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ken O’Donnell, an administrator in the California State University system, says life without a statewide coordinating board "ain’t that bad." But that doesn’t mean some things aren’t lost without such an a... Read more >


ABA Tightens Rules on Employment Reporting

08/04/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The employment data of several law schools will start to look very different after two American Bar Association decisions Friday. The ABA affirmed a decision from earlier this year that requires law schools, starting next year, to... Read more >


Laureate Paid Bill Clinton $16.5 Million

08/03/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Laureate Education, a for-profit chain with a global reach, paid Bill Clinton $16.5 million between 2010 and 2014, Bloomberg reported last week. Clinton had served as an honorary chancellor for Laureate International Universiti... Read more >


Don't Just Blame For-Profit Colleges for Exploding Grad School Debt

08/03/2015

Forbes. Last month the Center for American Progress (CAP ) reported that a short list of 20 graduate schools were responsible for 25 percent of all federal student loan borrowing. The list was dominated by for-profit colleges, with Walden Univers... Read more >


Obama administration is wrong on 'gainful employment'

07/31/2015

The Hill. Recently, a chorus of critics of the for-profit education sector publicly began a written assault against those schools. Like most of the recent criticism, it was flush with words like "predatory," "crushing debt" and "useless degrees." I... Read more >


ITT's CEO staying, CFO leaving after disappointing quarter

07/30/2015

IBJ.com The CEO is staying longer than planned, but the chief financial officer is leaving earlier than expected after ITT Educational Services Inc. reported a second-quarter profit way below Wall Street's expectations. The Carmel-based operator of... Read more >


White House Summit on Short-Term Training Programs

07/30/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The White House is hosting a meeting today on the growing boot camp and coding academy space, which offers short-term training programs to students. Other alternative providers, such as online course platforms, also are on the agen... Read more >


Two-Plus-Two in Temecula

07/30/2015

Inside Higher Ed. With 110,000 residents, the city of Temecula is in one of California’s fastest growing regions. But the nearest public university is more than 30 miles away, an unusually large distance for densely populated Southern California. ... Read more >


Federal Trade Commission Opens Broad Investigation of U. of Phoenix

07/29/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Phoenix is the subject of an extensive investigation by the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether it engaged in deceptive practices, according to a corporate filing on Wednesday by its p... Read more >


Pell for Prisoners Announcement Coming

07/28/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education is moving closer to an official announcement of an experiment to allow some prisoners to receive Pell Grants. On Monday Arne Duncan, the education secretary, came close to dropping the details for a... Read more >


Rally for Recognition

07/28/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Chants of "Students Over CEOs" and "ITT Is the Worst" echoed around the plaza near the hotel in this Washington, D.C., suburb Monday. About 20 student advocates against student debt organized the protest held brightly colored s... Read more >


Obama's Higher Ed Home Stretch

07/27/2015

Inside Higher Ed. American higher education is failing “far too many of our students,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan was scheduled to say Monday, as he calls for colleges to be held more accountable for graduating students with high-quality ... Read more >


Ed Tech's Funding Frenzy

07/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. With $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Yet analysts say the staggering figure distracts from ... Read more >


Federal Accreditation Advisory Panel Seeks More Power

07/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The federal panel charged with advising the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation is calling on policy makers to give it the final authority to decide which accrediting agencies deserve the federal government's re... Read more >


Kaplan CEO Steps Down

07/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Kaplan's CEO, Thomas C. Leppert, will step down after two years on the job, the for-profit higher education company said on Thursday. Leppert will be replaced by Andrew S. Rosen, the executive vice president of Graham Hol... Read more >


The Shrinking Sector

07/24/2015

Inside Higher Ed. As enrollments tumble at for-profit colleges, the number of proprietary institutions is dwindling, too. Data released by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics Thursday show that 3,436 for-profit colle... Read more >


Caution and Competency

07/23/2015

Inside Higher Ed. In recent years the U.S. Senate has done plenty of hand-wringing over “bad actors” in higher education, many of them for-profit and online. And that tension goes back to policy debates on distance education in the 199... Read more >


Consumer Groups Urge Feds to Flag Colleges Under Investigation

07/23/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration’s new college comparison website, which it’s now developing in lieu of college ratings, should include information about colleges facing investigations or lawsuits from state or federal author... Read more >


U. of California Will Increase Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

07/22/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of California system will raise its minimum wage for direct and contract employees to $15 an hour over the next three years, it announced on Wednesday. The plan, unveiled at a meeting of the Board of... Read more >


Ken Braun: Public universities should have to tell students what they're buying

07/22/2015

MLive.com. In Amsterdam during 1624, the princely sum of 3,000 guilders was roughly equal to a year's salary for a wealthy merchant. It was also the going rate for a single Semper Augustus — a flower furiously traded by the Dutch during their infa... Read more >


Taxpayers Could Lose Billions If Students Walk Away From Loans

07/22/2015

Bloomberg Business. Cody Roderiques, a college senior, owes the federal government more than $100,000 for his student loans. He may not have to pay taxpayers back. That’s because the New England Institute of Art is vanishing around him. On the ... Read more >


CAPPS Comments - Final Block Regulations

07/21/2015

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Experimenting With Aid

07/21/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education continues to work on its plan to grant experimental federal aid eligibility to partnerships between accredited colleges and alternative providers, such as job skills boot camps, coding academies and... Read more >


Who killed Heald College?

07/20/2015

Yahoo Finance. Last fall, in the midst of a two-year accounting program at Heald College’s Fresno, Calif., campus, Feliciano Castaneda started to worry. His school was on the brink of closure, according to news reports. Heald’s parent company, ... Read more >


Teenagers and Colleges Are of 2 Minds on the Best Recruitment Strategies

07/20/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. If you understand teenagers, then — wait, does anybody really understand teenagers? No, of course not. But colleges spend a lot of time and money recruiting them. That means embracing various communication strate... Read more >


Guaranty Agency Fights

07/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. More than five years after President Obama won his contentious fight to remove private lenders from the federal government’s student loan program, his administration is still sparring with parts of the student lending industry. ... Read more >


Closure Concerns and Financial Strategies: a Survey of College Business Officers

07/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Nearly one in five college and university chief business officers are worried their institutions are at risk of shutting down in the foreseeable future, and skepticism over the financial model of their institutions continues from l... Read more >


Boosting Aid

07/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. California is poised to be the next domino to fall in offering "free" two-year college to students. But questions remain over whether or not that domino will fall. When it comes to tuition and fees, California already has the lowe... Read more >


Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction Against CollegeAmerica

07/20/2015

CollegeAmerica. Judge Denies Colorado Attorney General's Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against CollegeAmerica Denver, Colorado (July 20, 2015)  — Background On December 1, 2014, the Colorado Attorney General's ("AG") office filed a compla... Read more >


Most popular colleges for TA & GI Bill — latest trends

07/16/2015

Military Times While veterans and their families continue to flock to the Post-9/11 GI Bill — with use rising 4.7 percent in fiscal 2014 — the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit, generally intended for those on active... Read more >


Reshaping the For-Profit

07/15/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The large for-profit college chain isn't dead. Stop the funeral dirges -- or celebratory hymns, depending on where you fall on the political spectrum. Yes, Corinthian Colleges hit bust. Yes, ITT Education Services i... Read more >


Association to Focus on Postsecondary Career Education

07/14/2015

APSCU. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities announced today plans to focus its collective work on postsecondary education with career skills, in response to the essential need to empower 55 million new workers with the skills ... Read more >


Judge Throws Out UC San Diego Misconduct Findings

07/14/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A state judge has ordered the University of California at San Diego to drop all findings of guilt (and an associated suspension) against a male student found guilty by the institution of sexual misconduct, The Los Angeles Timesrep... Read more >


Education Department Updates Cash Monitoring List

07/14/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The total number of colleges that U.S. Department of Education regulators are more closely monitoring because of concerns about their ability to handle federal funds ticked downward slightly last month, recently released... Read more >


New Student Loans For A New For-Profit Education Sector

07/14/2015

NPR. Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills training. Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and... Read more >


Four-D College closes; 600 students, faculty, staff displaced

07/13/2015

The Sun. After 23 years of graduating more than 18,000 students, Four-D College — which has a campus in Colton and another in Victorville — announced Sunday evening that it is closing its doors effective immediately. Nearly 600 students, facult... Read more >


The Obama administration’s plan to lower the student debt payments of millions more Americans

07/13/2015

The Washington Post. Six million more Americans could soon benefit from the government’s most generous student loan repayment plan as the Obama administration expands a program that has become a cornerstone of the president’s education policy. ... Read more >


After Corinthian, scrutiny on college grad jobs may widen

07/13/2015

The Orange County Register. This month, a regulation went into effect cutting federal money to career-training programs whose graduates – like many of those from shuttered Corinthian Colleges – can’t find decent jobs. The Obama administration... Read more >


White House Balks at Senate's Education Spending Bill

07/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration has expressed a slew of concerns about the Senate's version of the 2016 spending bill for the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, including that it would redirect funds away from... Read more >


Bridgepoint’s Ashford U. Will Close Its Iowa Campus

07/10/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The for-profit educator Bridgepoint Education Inc. announced on Thursday that the Clinton, Iowa, campus of its Ashford University would shut down next year. The company cited an “inability to meet campus enroll... Read more >


Celebrations, Not Tests

07/10/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Students entering a classroom to take a test can be filled with a sense of dread. But in one classroom at Baylor University, students in some sections of Introduction to Sociology are greeted by balloons, streamers, bright lights a... Read more >


For Now, Education Dept. Won’t Act Against Former Corinthian Students in Default

07/10/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Education Department has agreed not to take legal action against former students of the defunct Corinthian Colleges who have defaulted on their student loans, Reuters reports. The department also won’t... Read more >


$339K in Debt for 2 Daughters

07/09/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Admissions and financial aid experts have been increasingly worried in recent years that horror stories about debt could discourage low-income students from applying to college at all. And many of those horror stories suggest that ... Read more >


Accreditor Takes U. of Phoenix Off Notice 2 Years After Concerns Were Raised

07/09/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Phoenix’s accrediting agency has removed the institution from the “notice” status it imposed two years ago over concerns about the for-profit giant’s governance structure. The university... Read more >


More Than a Third of College Students Transfer

07/08/2015

Inside Higher Ed. New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that 37.2 percent of college students transfer at least once within six years. The research is based on the center's virtually comprehensive database of Americ... Read more >


The real issue is still real jobs

07/08/2015

The Hill. By Steve Gunderson. In a recent commentary, Education Secretary Arne Duncan painted the U.S. Department of Education’s closing of Corinthian Colleges as “the right thing to do.” The Department’s clumsy response left tens of thousa... Read more >


Democrats Unveil Bill to Help Realize Obama's Free-College Proposal

07/08/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. A team of congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would make community college free for two years and help cover the costs of a four-year degree at minority-serving institutions, pushing forwa... Read more >


Rule on Financial Products Draws Criticism, Praise

07/06/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Virtually every college, company, advocacy group and other party that commented on proposed new federal rules on campus financial products by last week's deadline asserted that it had students' best interests at heart. Yet the var... Read more >


For-Profit Group to Appeal Gainful Employment Ruling

07/06/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The primary trade group for the for-profit sector, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), said last week that it will appeal a federal court ruling over the Obama administration-led gainful employment ... Read more >


Debt Forgiveness and Liquidation

07/02/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The messy dismantling of Corinthian Colleges is moving through a federal bankruptcy court, as a judge mulls whether to halt loan repayments for up to 350,000 former students and the defunct for-profit chain seeks the court’s appr... Read more >


For-Profit Group Will Appeal Decision Upholding Gainful-Employment Rule

07/02/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The main trade association of for-profit colleges will appeal a ruling that upholds the U.S. Education Department’s gainful-employment rule, the group announced in a news release on Thursday. Steve Gunderson, p... Read more >