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CFPB Accuses Student Financial Aid Company of Scam

10/30/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday filed suit against a student financial aid company that it accused of running a nationwide scam. The CFPB sued Global Financial Support -- which operates Student Financial Res... Read more >


U.S. Wins Predatory Lending Lawsuit Against Corinthian

10/29/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A federal judge this week ruled that Corinthian Colleges engaged in “unfair” and “deceptive” practices in its private student lending program and ordered the company to pay more than $500 million in restitution to students.... Read more >


The 10 Ed-Tech Companies That Are Raising the Most Money

10/28/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Investment in education technology is at a new high. In the first half of 2015, venture-capital funding in ed tech totaled well over $1 billion. CB Insights, which tracks investments in private companies, puts the... Read more >


Republican Lawmakers Blast CFPB for Investigation Involving Accreditor

10/23/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Two prominent Republican lawmakers have ripped into the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling its investigation involving an accrediting agency “an unprecedented overreach.” In a letter to the bureau... Read more >


Senate Republicans Question Probation of U of Phoenix by Pentagon

10/23/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Three Senate Republicans on Thursday wrote to the U.S. Department of Defense to question its recent decision to temporarily suspend the University of Phoenix's eligibility for military tuition benefits. The Pentagon's sanction... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Faces Another Federal Investigation

10/22/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Phoenix is facing another investigation by a federal agency. In the annual financial report on Thursday of the huge university’s parent company, the Apollo Education Group, the company disclo... Read more >


U of California Plans to Admit More In-State Students

10/22/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, said Wednesday that she will soon release a plan to significantly increase the number of California residents admitted to UC campuses, The Los Angeles Times repo... Read more >


New Lender for a New Market

10/21/2015

Inside Higher Ed. A new company is seeking to be both a private lender and an alternative accreditor for the fast-growing boot camp sector. The Texas-based Skills Fund is up and running with financial backing from Iowa Student Loan, a nonprofit l... Read more >


Upping the Pressure on Accreditors

10/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration is planning new executive action on higher education accreditation in the coming weeks, as part of a push to make accreditors focus more heavily on student outcomes when judging colleges and universities, o... Read more >


Closer Watch on ITT

10/20/2015

Inside Higher Ed. Troubles are deepening for ITT Educational Services, with the U.S. Department of Education on Monday announcing stricter financial oversight and reporting requirements on the embattled for-profit chain. In a letter to the company... Read more >


ITT Tech Suspends Enrollment at Several Campuses

10/19/2015

Inside Higher Ed. ITT Educational Services will suspend new student enrollment at several of its 135 campus locations, including campuses in Wichita, Kans., and South Bend, Ind. The embattled for-profit chain, which is facing financial and legal ... Read more >


Cal State U System Expands E-Portfolio Option

10/19/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The California State University System will make electronic portfolios -- e-portfolios -- available to all its students and graduates, via a three-year agreement the system has signed with Portfolium, a cloud-based platform. The t... Read more >


Federal Watchdog Eyes Accreditor

10/15/2015

Inside Higher Ed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking information from a national accreditor about the for-profit colleges it oversees, which include several controversial chains. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 25 - State Financial Aid

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D) Summary: Final version (4/8/2015): Requires the California Student Aid Commission to establish an appeal process, as part of the Cal Grant Program, for an otherwise qualifying institution that fails to sati... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 573 - State Financial Aid

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jose Medina (D) Summary: Current version (9/4/2015): Authorizes state agencies that provide certification, registration or licensure necessary to promote the safety and protection of the public to, on a case-by-case basis, ... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 636 - Student Complaints and Arbitration

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jose Medina (D) Summary: Final version (4/29/2015): Authorizes the identification of an alleged assailant, even if the victim does not consent to being identified, if the institution determines both that the alleged assail... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 721 - State Financial Aid

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jose Medina (D) Summary: Final version (7/8/2015): Requires a public, private or independent institution to make available to the public upon request and in a prominent location on its Internet Web site within 12 months o... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 798 - Governance & State Oversight

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D) Summary: Final version (9/9/2015): Establishes the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 to reduce costs for college students by encouraging faculty to accelerate the adoption of lower cost, high-qua... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 509 - Governance & State Oversight

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Henry Perea (D) Summary: Final version (6/23/2015): Exempts from the provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 a bona fide organization, association, or council that offers preapprenticeship t... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 967 - Student Complaints and Arbitration

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D) Summary: Current version (7/14/2015): Requires, in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance, the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California Sta... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 509 - Governance & State Oversight

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Henry Perea (D) Summary: Final version (6/23/2015): Exempts from the provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 a bona fide organization, association, or council that offers preapprenticeship t... Read more >


CALIFORNIA A.B. 1361 - State Financial Aid

10/14/2015

Sponsor: Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D) Summary: Current version (5/20/2015): Specifies that the requirement that a student not be 28 years or older by December 31 of the student financial aid award year would not apply to a current or former me... Read more >


University-Run Boot Camps Offer Students Marketable Skills — but Not Course Credit

10/13/2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Level, a venture that offers students courses in data analytics, has a motto of sorts. It’s written in large letters across the program’s website: “Real skills. Real experience. Two months.” The motto so... Read more >


Working for Free College

10/13/2015

Inside Higher Ed. "Free" has been the higher education buzzword of the year, as Democrats have proposed a range of plans to infuse billions of federal dollars into public institutions to lower tuition to zero or close to zero. But as politicians pi... Read more >


3 Changes to the FAFSA for College Students to Understand

10/13/2015

U.S. News and World Report. Some important changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid next year, but Joseph Orsolini, a college financial aid adviser in the Chicago area, hasn't fielded many questions from parents.  "It's... Read more >


Report: California faces 1.1 million shortage of educated workers

10/12/2015

Long Beach Press Telegram. The state faces a shortage of roughly 1.1 million college-educated workers by 2030, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.  While 38 percent of all jobs in Califo... Read more >


California Bill on Sex Assault Punishments Vetoed

10/12/2015

Inside Higher Ed. California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required colleges and universities in the state to have minimum punishments for those found by the institutions to have engaged in rape or forcible sex ac... Read more >


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 >