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Yes, the Skills Gap Is Real

05/08/2014

National Review Online. May 6, 2014. Some American workers lack the skills necessary to compete in the modern economy, some firms can’t find workers with the skills they need, and that’s hurting the labor market, right? This seems like a relativ... Read more >


You Can Get Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy, but It’s Far From Easy

05/08/2014

BloombergBusinessweek. May 6, 2014. Conventional wisdom once held that it was almost impossible for debtors to get off the hook for student loans, even after they declared bankruptcy. That thinking was challenged by a 2012 paper in the American Ban... Read more >


Whistle-Blower Suit Against Education Management Corp. to Proceed

05/08/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 7, 2014. A federal judge has ruled that a multibillion-dollar whistle-blower lawsuit against the Education Management Corporation can continue, according to reports by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Blo... Read more >


Proxy War on For-Profits

05/08/2014

Inside Higher Ed. March 4, 2014. A proxy war over the regulation of for-profit colleges is being waged in the editorial pages of The New York Times. In the last week the newspaper has published four opinion pieces that touch on federal oversight o... Read more >


A.B. 2566 - State Financial Aid

05/08/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D) Summary: Extends, commencing with the 2015–16 award year and continuing each award year thereafter, the period of eligibility under the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program by one year,... Read more >


A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

05/08/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D) Summary: Provides that the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, sho... Read more >


A.B. 2247 - Governance & State Oversight

05/08/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D) Summary: Requires each campus or other unit of a private postsecondary educational institution that receives public funding through state or federal financial aid programs, is institutionally accredited by a... Read more >


S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid

05/07/2014

Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) Summary: Requires the number of awards made each year through the Cal Grant C program to be at least the same number of awards made for the 2000–01 fiscal year. Requires the amount awarded to be not less t... Read more >


S.B. 1069 - Governance & State Oversight

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Senator Norma Torres (D) Summary: Provides that a student who uses a Cal Grant or a Pell Grant to pay tuition at a qualifying institution is not thereby made ineligible to apply for payment from the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. Provides... Read more >


A.B. 2566 - State Financial Aid

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D) Summary: Extends, commencing with the 2015–16 award year and continuing each award year thereafter, the period of eligibility under the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program by one year,... Read more >


S.B. 1264 - State Financial Aid

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D) Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Requires the Student Aid Commission, in coordination with the Superintendent, to develop procedures for th... Read more >


A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D) Summary: Provides that the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, sho... Read more >


S.B. 1247 - Governance & State Oversight , Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure) , State Financial Aid

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Senator Ted Lieu (D) Summary: Extends the operation of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary ... Read more >


A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

05/06/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State Universities, and requests the Regents of the University of California and the governing ... Read more >


Corinthian Colleges Says It Breached Bank-Debt Covenants

05/06/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 6, 2014. The for-profit-college company said in a corporate filing on Tuesday that it was out of compliance with the terms of some bank-debt covenants and was expecting to receive a waiver from its lenders. C... Read more >


A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives

05/06/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 6, 2014. If you believe the new "Gallup-Purdue Index Report," a study of 30,000 graduates of American colleges on issues of employment, job engagement, and well-being, it all comes down to old-fashioned value... Read more >


Student-Mobility Rates Stabilized Last Year, Report Says

05/06/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 6, 2014. Just over 9 percent of college students attended more than one institution during the 2012-13 academic year, a rate that stabilized after increasing from 2010-11 to 2011-12, according to a new report... Read more >


Study Finds Lifetime Wage Gain From College Degree

05/06/2014

Inside Higher Ed. May 6, 2014. While it is fashionable in some circles to question whether students gain economically from a four-year college degree, new data released Monday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco suggest that the benefits ... Read more >


Student loans next on Dems’ ‘Fair Shot’ agenda

05/06/2014

POLITICO. May 5, 2014. Senate Democrats are lining up their next election-year agenda item: college affordability. And they are drafting one of their party’s highest-wattage stars, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, to play a central role in... Read more >


Are Students Turning Away From For-Profit Universities?

05/06/2014

National Journal. May 5, 2014. About one-quarter of Strayer University students enroll because their employers have partnered with the university. Many students pursue graduate-level degrees. Both facts may help explain why Strayer graduates tend ... Read more >


Who Profits?

05/06/2014

The Weekly Standard. May 5, 2014. A raft of new Education Department regulations has been bobbing among the roiling waters of American higher education for nearly a month now, and perhaps the most sensible reaction to the controversy comes from Sen.... Read more >


Tightening rules on for-profit colleges

05/06/2014

The Washington Post. April 27, 2014. RISING STUDENT debt poses a serious problem, as do colleges that mislead students, take advantage of taxpayer-funded student aid or do a poor job of preparing students for work. But as much as we would like to be... Read more >


A.B. 1433 - Public Safety & Health

05/05/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D) Summary: Current version (4/21/2014): Requires any report of a Part 1 violent crime, sexual assault or hate crime, received by a campus law enforcement agency to be immediately, or as soon as practicably possi... Read more >


A.B. 2183 - Nursing Credentialing Issues

05/05/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D) Summary: Current version (4/22/2014): Stipulates that the Board of Registered Nursing is to adopt specific criteria for determining the equivalency of course instruction when assessing the qualifications o... Read more >


A.B. 2062 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues

05/05/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D) Summary: This measure was amended into your issue scope May 1. Current version (5/1/2014): Stipulates that a surgical technologist must complete either of the following: (i) A surgical technology educat... Read more >


Business Leaders See U.S. Colleges as Lagging in Readying Students for Jobs

05/05/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 29, 2014. Fifty-four percent of business leaders believe the American higher-education system is falling behind developing and emerging countries in preparing students for the work force, according to a poll... Read more >


Gainful Employment Rule Strips Students of Opportunity

05/05/2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce. April 29, 2014. The recent editorial in The Washington Post fairly expressed concern about the Education Department’s proposed rule on gainful employment, which conspicuously targets the for-profit sector. The U.S. Cha... Read more >


Durbin, DeVry Spar on Senator's Letter to High Schools

05/05/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 30, 2014. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois sent high school principals in his state a letter Tuesday urging them to shield their students from the "often irresistible lure" of for-profit colleges -- drawing a pointed r... Read more >


Duncan in the Hot Seat

05/05/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 30, 2014. Congressional Republicans lobbed criticism at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach to higher education Tuesday, with tough questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the proposed college ratings... Read more >


Aggressive Push on Sex Assault

05/05/2014

Inside Higher Ed. May 1, 2014. As the White House pushes its campus sexual assault prevention efforts this week, colleges and universities once again find themselves in the crosshairs of an administration that has sought time and again to hold insti... Read more >


Lawmakers form group to focus on education costs

05/05/2014

Chron. May 1, 2014. Two California congressmen, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera and Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, said Thursday that they have formed a bipartisan caucus to advocate for the state's public universities and students. Bera and Denham annou... Read more >


Is the $1 trillion student loan debt really a crisis?

05/05/2014

The Washington Post. May 1, 2014. When you read about the more than $1 trillion student loan debt in the United States, the word “crisis” invariably appears. But is it? Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State Univ... Read more >


ITT Moves to Block Consumer Bureau Claim

05/05/2014

Inside Higher Ed. May 2, 2014. ITT Educational Services has filed a court motion to dismiss a complaint the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) lodged against the for-profit chain in February. In its first enforcement action against the ... Read more >


A.B. 2247 - Governance & State Oversight

05/02/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D) Summary: Requires each campus or other unit of a private postsecondary educational institution that receives public funding through state or federal financial aid programs, is institutionally accredited by a... Read more >


S.B. 1247 - Governance & State Oversight , Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure) , State Financial Aid

05/01/2014

Sponsor: Senator Ted Lieu (D) Summary: Extends the operation of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary ... Read more >


A.B. 1976 - State Financial Aid

05/01/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) Summary: Increases to 50,000 the number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards that may be granted in an academic year, commencing with the 2015–16 academic year. Authorizes the Student Aid Commissi... Read more >


S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid

05/01/2014

Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) Summary: Requires the number of awards made each year through the Cal Grant C program to be at least the same number of awards made for the 2000–01 fiscal year. Requires the amount awarded to be not less ... Read more >


S.B. 845 - Governance & State Oversight

05/01/2014

Sponsor: Senator Lou Correa (D) Summary: Requests each governing body of an accredited private postsecondary education institution to develop a model contract governing the disbursement of financial aid, scholarships, campus-based aid or school ref... Read more >


S.B. 1459 - Credentialing Issues - Financial

05/01/2014

Sponsor: CA Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions Summary: Current version (4/21/2014): Requires an applicant for a mortgage loan originator license to complete two hours of approved education related to relevant state law and regu... Read more >


A.B. 2566 - State Financial Aid

04/30/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D) Summary: Extends, commencing with the 2015–16 award year and continuing each award year thereafter, the period of eligibility under the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program by one year,... Read more >


A.B. 2377 - State Financial Aid

04/30/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember John Perez (D) Summary: Establishes the California Student Loan Refinancing Program within the California Educational Facilities Authority and provides for its administration by the Treasurer’s office, with the goals of he... Read more >


A.B. 2377 - State Financial Aid

04/30/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember John Perez (D) Summary: Establishes the California Student Loan Refinancing Program within the California Educational Facilities Authority and provides for its administration by the Treasurer’s office, with the goals of he... Read more >


A.B. 2377 - State Financial Aid

04/30/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember John Perez (D) Summary: Establishes the California Student Loan Refinancing Program within the California Educational Facilities Authority and provides for its administration by the Treasurer’s office, with the goals of he... Read more >


A.B. 1976 - State Financial Aid

04/29/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) Summary: Increases to 50,000 the number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards that may be granted in an academic year, commencing with the 2015–16 academic year. Authorizes the Student Aid Commissi... Read more >


A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

04/29/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State Universities, and requests the Regents of the University of California and the governing ... Read more >


S.B. 1069 - Governance & State Oversight

04/29/2014

Sponsor: Senator Norma Torres (D) Summary: Provides that a student who utilizes a Cal Grant or a Pell Grant to pay tuition at a qualifying institution is not thereby made ineligible to apply for payment from the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.  A... Read more >


S.B. 1247 - Governance & State Oversight , Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure) , State Financial Aid

04/29/2014

Sponsor: Senator Ted Lieu (D) Summary: Extends the operation of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary ... Read more >


S.B. 1247 - Governance & State Oversight , Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure) , State Financial Aid

04/29/2014

Sponsor: Senator Ted Lieu (D) Summary: Extends the operation of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary ... Read more >


Go West?

04/25/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 25, 2014. Westminster College's westward expansion lasted less than a year. Lured by city officials in Mesa, Arizona, the Missouri private liberal arts college opened a branch campus there last fall, expecting a freshman cla... Read more >


College is not a losing investment

04/25/2014

The Washington Post. April 24, 2014. A Labor Department report released this week finds that the share of young people enrolled in college by the October after they graduate from high school has tumbled in the past few years. From a high of 70.1... Read more >


The Next Massive Bailout: Student Loans

04/25/2014

TIME. April 24, 2014. A few years ago, I began interviewing adults at least 10 years out of college and who had never managed to pay off their student debt. Some were past the age of 50 and headed slowly but surely for personal bankruptcy. Sadly, th... Read more >


Which states have the highest levels of student debt?

04/25/2014

The Washington Post. April 23, 2014. Graduating with a few thousand dollars of debt has become so commonplace that it's now a standard feature of attending college, sort of like bad dorm food. But just how much debt are students saddled with on ave... Read more >


U. of California at Riverside Will Hire 300 New Professors Over 5 Years

04/25/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 25, 2014. The University of California at Riverside, which in recent years made its share of budget cuts in response to shrinking state appropriations, plans to hire 300 new faculty members over the next five... Read more >


A.B. 1972 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Brian Jones (R) Summary: Current version (3/28/2014): Stipulates that any person applying for licensure who provides evidence that he or she passed the National Board for Respiratory Care’s certified respiratory therapist ... Read more >


A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D) Summary: Provides that the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, sho... Read more >


A.B. 2213 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D) Summary: Current version (3/28/2014): Provides that the Board of Behavioral Sciences shall consider hours of experience obtained outside of California during the six-year period immediately preceding the dat... Read more >


A.B. 2247 - Governance & State Oversight

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D) Summary: Requires each campus or other unit of a private postsecondary educational institution that receives public funding through state or federal financial aid programs, is  institutionally  accredited ... Read more >


S.B. 1247 - Governance & State Oversight , Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure) , State Financial Aid

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Senator Ted Lieu (D) Summary: Extends the operation of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary ... Read more >


S.B. 1069 - Governance & State Oversight

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Senator Norma Torres (D) Summary: Provides that a student who utilizes a Cal Grant or a Pell Grant to pay tuition at a qualifying institution is not thereby made ineligible to apply for payment from the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.  A... Read more >


A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Deems a public or private postsecondary educational  institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education eligible for initial and renewabl... Read more >


A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Deems a public or private postsecondary educational  institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education eligible for initial and renewabl... Read more >


A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Deems a public or private postsecondary educational  institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education eligible for initial and renewabl... Read more >


S.B. 1459 - Credentialing Issues - Financial

04/24/2014

Sponsor: CA Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions Summary: Current version (4/21/2014): Requires an applicant for a mortgage loan originator license to complete two hours of approved education related to relevant state law and regu... Read more >


S.B. 1459 - Credentialing Issues - Financial

04/24/2014

Sponsor: CA Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions Summary: Current version (4/21/2014): Requires an applicant for a mortgage loan originator license to complete two hours of approved education related to relevant state law and regu... Read more >


S.B. 1459 - Credentialing Issues - Financial

04/24/2014

Sponsor: CA Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions Summary: Current version (4/21/2014): Requires an applicant for a mortgage loan originator license to complete two hours of approved education related to relevant state law and regu... Read more >


A.B. 2566 - State Financial Aid

04/24/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D) Summary: Extends, commencing with the 2015–16 award year and continuing each award year thereafter, the period of eligibility under the Ortiz-Pacheco-Poochigian-Vasconcellos Cal Grant Program by one year,... Read more >


A.B. 2377 - State Financial Aid

04/24/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember John Perez (D) Summary: Establishes the California Student Loan Refinancing Program within the California Educational Facilities Authority and provides for its administration by the Treasurer’s office, with the goals of he... Read more >


S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid

04/24/2014

Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) Summary: Requires the number of awards made each year through the Cal Grant C program to be at least the same number of awards made for the 2000–01 fiscal year. Requires the amount awarded to be not less t... Read more >


Where the Jobs Are

04/24/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 23, 2014. A new analysis of available jobs finds that the highest demand (among openings for college graduates) is for white-collar professional occupations (33 percent) and science and technology occupations (28 percent). Th... Read more >


Let's Make a Deal

04/24/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 23, 2014. As the billion-dollar education technology industry holds what has become its primary gathering here this week, the onus is on vendors to show they can produce not only profits, but also improved outcomes. The rise... Read more >


Lawmakers reject Brown’s online learning proposal

04/24/2014

Cabinet Report. April 23, 2014. A key budget panel on Tuesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest plan to give the K-12 independent study program a makeover and create more opportunities for students to use modern technology as part of their academ... Read more >


Panel Is Split on Distance-Education Rule

04/24/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 24, 2014. Debate over the Education Department’s proposed "state authorization" rule officially ended on Wednesday, with negotiators divided over how far the federal government should go in its effort to c... Read more >


Lawmakers Call on Education Dept. to Toughen Rules on College Debit Cards

04/24/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 24, 2014. In a move to protect college students from banking practices perceived to be unfair, 23 Democrats in Congress sent the U.S. Department of Education a letter on Wednesday urging it to revise its ru... Read more >


QuickWire: U. of Southern California and 2U Offer Online Doctoral Degree

04/24/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 23, 2014. The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education is expanding its partnership with the online course provider 2U to offer the education school’s first online doctoral degree. ... Read more >


THE FACTS RELATED TO STUDENT FINANCIAL AID & STUDENT DEFAULTS

04/24/2014

Higher Education for All. April 22, 2014. In a debate about numbers, we must remember that there are real students behind each statistic. While the following three statements seem obvious, they are often forgotten during conversations concerning stu... Read more >


A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

04/23/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D) Summary: Provides that the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, sho... Read more >


A.B. 2247 - Governance & State Oversight

04/23/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D) Summary: Requires each campus or other unit of a private postsecondary educational institution that receives public funding through state or federal financial aid programs, is accredited by an accrediting ag... Read more >


A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/23/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Deems a public or private postsecondary institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education eligible for initial and renewable Title 38 awa... Read more >


A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

04/23/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D) Summary: Requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State Universities, and requests the Regents of the University of California and the governing ... Read more >


Competencies Come to Campus

04/22/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 22, 2014. Mart Sessler has gone far with his associate degree. He worked his way up to vice president of information systems at a large insurance provider. But after 25 years in his field, Sessler decided he wanted to become ... Read more >


College Attainment Rises, but Lumina’s 60% Goal Is Now Harder to Reach

04/22/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 22, 2014. The percentage of American adults with a college degree grew 0.7 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a report on college attainment released on Tuesday by the Lumina Foundation. That small inc... Read more >


The Problem With Student-Loan Forgiveness

04/22/2014

National Journal. April 21, 2014. If you have student loans, chances are you wish there was a way to make them disappear. And in a way, there is: The federal government now offers three repayment plans that lower monthly payments and will—eventu... Read more >


Default by Death

04/22/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 22, 2014. Some student loan borrowers have reported to federal consumer protection officials that their private lenders automatically placed them in default when their cosigner died or filed for bankruptcy, even when the borr... Read more >


Australia's For-Profit Fight

04/22/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 22, 2014. An Australian government report has set off a war of words over the prospect of federal support of for-profit higher education providers. A report last week by the country's Labor government reviewing the deman... Read more >


Student Loan 'Profits' Show Government Should Get Out Of Student Loan Business

04/22/2014

Forbes. April 19, 2014. This week Shahein Nasiripour at The Huffington Post reported on the huge projected profit from the government run student loan program. The article mostly focuses on how wrong it is for the government to be profiting from ... Read more >


Union Target: For-Profits

04/22/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 21, 2014. A relatively small group of New York City teachers’ announcement that they’d reached a collective bargaining agreement with their school might have gone unnoticed by those in higher education circles last week, ... Read more >


Those Master’s-Degree Programs at Elite U.? They’re For-Profit

04/22/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 21, 2014. Higher education has a long and fraught relationship with the labor market. From colonial colleges training clergymen to the Morrill Act, normal schools, and the great 20th-century expansion of ma... Read more >


OPEN LETTER TO SECRETARY DUNCAN

04/22/2014

Higher Education for All. April 18, 2014. APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan today on the Department’s use of discredited facts, including one deemed “bogus” by The Washington Post Fact C... Read more >


A.B. 1433 - Public Safety & Health

04/21/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D) Summary: Current version (3/18/2014): Requires any report of a Part 1 violent crime, sexual assault or hate crime, received by a campus law enforcement agency to be immediately disclosed to the appropriate loc... Read more >


How Much Regulation Is Just Right?

04/18/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 17, 2014. I approach the topic of the appropriate reach of government regulation into higher education in very much of two minds. On the one hand, I am the president of an independent-minded private college that has... Read more >


Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

04/18/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 17, 2014. Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the bi... Read more >


Education Dept. Proposes New PLUS Loan Standards

04/18/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 18, 2014. The U.S. Department of Education is proposing new eligibility requirements for Parent PLUS loans. Under draft regulatory language sent this week to members of the department’s negotiated rule making panel, paren... Read more >


S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid

04/17/2014

Sponsor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) Summary: Requires the number of awards made each year through the Cal Grant C program to be at least the same number of awards made for the 2000–01 fiscal year. Requires the amount awarded to be not less t... Read more >


Stand Up and Be Counted

04/16/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 16, 2014. The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education pr... Read more >


The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want

04/16/2014

Forbes. April 16, 2014. The hiring picture is improving for the college class of 2014. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 8.6% more graduates for their U.S. operat... Read more >


Obama and Biden Promote $550-Million in New Job-Training Funds

04/16/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 16, 2014. The president and vice president are making a rare joint appearance on Wednesday to tout new federal funds for community colleges and apprenticeship programs. In speeches at the Community College o... Read more >


Agenda and background paper for April 21 Sunset Review hearing to discuss the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

04/15/2014

Agenda for April 21, 2014 Sunset Review Hearing BPPE Background Paper 2014 The materials are also available on the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee’s website:http://sbp.senate.ca.gov/informationalhearingagendaandbac... Read more >


S.F. City College accreditation panelists urge different tack

04/15/2014

SFGate. April 15, 2014. In the clearest indication yet that City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation, the heads of the secretive commission overseeing the process say they lack the power to give the troubled school more time to fi... Read more >


Community college completion rate falls during recession

04/15/2014

The Sacramento Bee. April 15, 2014. Completion rates at the California Community Colleges have fallen steadily over the past four years, according to the first update of the system's Student Success Scorecard. The accountability report released T... Read more >


PARCC showdown in Louisiana - An accreditation Band-Aid? - Illuminating student financial success

04/15/2014

POLITICO. April 15, 2014. PARCC SHOWDOWN IN LOUISIANA: If the Louisiana state legislature won’t scrap the PARCC exams, then Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal should withdraw from the testing group on his own authority, a group of state lawmakers wrote... Read more >