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As Feds Crack Down On For-Profit College, A Founder Heads To Prison For Fraud

05/12/2016

NPR. A federal judge's ruling in Florida has brought a new development in the various government investigations of the for-profit college industry: prison time for the school's founder. Alejandro Amor, the founder of a college called FastTrain in S... Read more >


One Word in Bankruptcy Law That Could Lead to More Forgiven Student Loans

05/11/2016

The Wall Street Journal. The instructions from Congress for how a struggling student loan borrower can attempt to leave that debt behind in bankruptcy contains one word that can have two meanings. The resulting ambiguity caught the attention of Emo... Read more >


Federal Student Loans Just Got Cheaper

05/11/2016

Time. The interest rate for undergraduate students taking out federal loans will soon dip slightly, to 3.76%, based on new Treasury rates announced today. That’s down from a 4.29% rate this year. For graduate students and parents who take out P... Read more >


Chilling Higher Ed Cooperation in China?

05/11/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A stringent new law regulating foreign nongovernmental organizations in China could potentially constrain the activities of overseas higher education institutions in a variety of ways. The law, approved by China’s legislature l... Read more >


It’s a Tough Job Market for the Young Without College Degrees

05/10/2016

The New York Times. For seniors graduating from the University of Michigan this month, employers have been lining up since the fall to offer interviews and boast of their companies’ benefits. Recruiters would ask when their competitors were coming... Read more >


Changing the Game in the Workplace and in the Classroom: Doctoral Degrees Matter to Millennials

05/10/2016

BusinessWire. Millennials represent the largest generation in the U.S. workforce today1 and are known for placing value on team collaboration and workplace flexibility. They also place strong value on their education, and have outpaced educational ... Read more >


Skin in the Game

05/09/2016

Inside Higher Ed. No concept is arguably more popular in higher education policy today or seems to have broader consensus than institutional “skin in the game”: the idea that colleges need to be on some sort of financial hook when their students... Read more >


High Court Gives For-Profit College a Break

05/09/2016

Courthouse News Service.  Though an appellate panel revived whistleblower claims that Heritage College defrauded the U.S. government, the for-profit institution won a stay Friday from the Supreme Court.     Per its custom, the Supreme Court di... Read more >


Durbin urges warnings on for-profit schools but remains silent on College of DuPage scandal, public school abuses

05/09/2016

Illinois Business Daily. As the school year winds down, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) continues to champion his cause against for-profit postsecondary education; however, one legal expert notes that “there is more than a double standard” at play ... Read more >


Shortage of Skills in the Beauty and Wellness Industry

05/06/2016

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


For-profit colleges buying up coding bootcamps

05/05/2016

Politico. Capella Education Co. is the latest for-profit college to buy or invest heavily in a coding boot camp. Just this week, Capella bought DevMountain for $15 million, and agreed to pay up to another $5 million if the programming bootcamp compa... Read more >


Shuttered beauty school settles suit accusing it of faking diplomas, attendance

05/05/2016

MarketWatch. A group of financial aid officers, career counselors, instructors and others employed by a now-defunct for-profit college agreed on Wednesday to settle a whistleblower suit the group filed last year, accusing the school of engaging in v... Read more >


University of the People Offers Tuition-Free Health Degree

05/05/2016

EducationNews.org. The first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university in the world has introduced new associate and bachelor degree programs in Health Studies. The announcement from the University of the People came just one month a... Read more >


Trying to Simplify Choices in Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans

05/04/2016

The New York Times. Any student loan borrower who has tried to decipher which repayment plan works best knows that the process can be daunting. The federal government offers multiple repayment plans for student loans, including several that tie m... Read more >


Watchdog Barks -- and Gets Slapped Down

05/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A chorus of powerful critics wants to shut down the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accreditor, for allegedly being too lax with Corinthian Colleges and other controversial for-profit institutio... Read more >


Capella Acquisition of DevMountain Extends Leadership Position in Job-Ready Skills Market

05/04/2016

Business Wire. MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) today announced that DevMountain, an industry-leading coding school, has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company. DevMountain’s mission is... Read more >


Apollo Education Group (APOL) Gets a Sweeter Buyout Offer

05/03/2016

EcomonicCalendar.com Shares of Apollo Education Group Inc (NASDAQ:APOL) jumped 12 percent during Monday’s trading session, after the company received a revised buyout bid from a consortium of private equity investors. The same group of investors, ... Read more >


FTC Takes Action Against Florida Lead Generator

05/02/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday that the operators of Gigats.com agreed to settle deception charges. Gigats.com is an education lead-generation company based in Orlando, Fla., that claims to prescreen job applican... Read more >


Stateside Alert: Amendments to Nursing Education Rules

05/02/2016

California CA Board of Registered Nursing departmental discussion: Amendments to Nursing Education Rules Issue: Professional Board Requirements Subissue: Nursing First Reported: 04/29/2016 Date Updated: 04/29/2016 Contact: Ronnie Whitaker 916... Read more >


U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITT

04/29/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Akron has ceased discussions with the for-profit technical-schools operator ITT Educational Services Inc., according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The university’s president, Scott L. Scarbor... Read more >


Support for Emergency Aid in California Legislature

04/27/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The California Assembly's Higher Education Committee voted to advance a bill that would authorize the use of state student success funding for emergency aid, which typically are small grants of $300 or less. The use of emergency... Read more >


Capella Buys Coding Academy for $18 Million

04/26/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Capella Education Co. last week announced the purchase of Hackbright Academy, a nondegree coding boot camp for women, for $18 million. Capella, a publicly traded for-profit chain, said in a written statement that the San Francis... Read more >


White House Push on Free Community College

04/26/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Local and state-based free community college programs have grown rapidly across the country in the past year since President Obama announced his plan to create a national promise program. On Monday the Obama administration sough... Read more >


Monitoring the Gatekeepers

04/25/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration on Friday told accreditors to focus more on enforcing standards that measure student achievement and to consider additional scrutiny for colleges with significant problems. The new guidance from the U.S.... Read more >


Under Scrutiny Itself, For-Profit Accreditor Gets Tough With ITT Tech

04/22/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The embattled accrediting organization that is under scrutiny for its approval of many controversial for-profit colleges is now taking action against one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains. The Accrediting Council... Read more >


CCSF Back on the Brink

04/22/2016

Inside Higher Ed. City College of San Francisco’s long-running accreditation crisis has gotten expensive for taxpayers in the city and state, with California's government ponying up $100 million in extra funding for the college over the last thre... Read more >


Accreditor Victory in Duel With CFPB

04/22/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A federal judge on Thursday struck a blow to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent foray into college accreditation, ruling that the bureau lacks the authority to investigate how accreditors approve for-profit college... Read more >


Education Dept. Warns of More Scrutiny for Accreditors

04/22/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education is, once again, weighing in on accreditation, expanding some flexibility in the accreditation process but also warning of more scrutiny for accrediting agencies. In an 11-page “... Read more >


San Francisco Mulls Free Community College

04/21/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Following the Los Angeles mayor's announcement that the city will begin offering one year of free community college tuition to high school graduates, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking to do the same fo... Read more >


Statement by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Subject: Change in leadership

04/18/2016

ACICS. Today, the ACICS Board of Directors announced a change in the top leadership of the agency. It has appointed Anthony S. Bieda, 63 of Alexandria, VA to serve as Executive in Charge. Simultaneously, the Board will initiate a search for a Presid... Read more >


Los Angeles to Offer Year of Free Community College

04/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week said the city would help finance a newly announced program to offer one year of free community college to graduates of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The announcement, which Garc... Read more >


Ties That Bind?

04/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has pledged to crack down on for-profit colleges, saying she would go further than the Obama administration’s high-profile efforts to rein in problems in the industry over the past seven yea... Read more >


ITT Technical Institute Faces Another Lawsuit, Now From Massachusetts Attorney General

04/18/2016

GoodCall.com If it wasn’t bad enough for the for-profit colleges, which have been deluged by lawsuits and declining enrollment, earlier this month, the Massachusetts Attorney General set its sights on ITT Technical Institute, lodging a lawsuit aga... Read more >


The Job Creation/Destruction Machine that is California

04/12/2016

Sedgwick LLP. A continuing storyline of the California economy is the enormous job creation and job destruction that goes on below the surface of the monthly job numbers. Each month around 300,000 payroll jobs are destroyed, and an equal amount crea... Read more >


State AGs Ask Feds to Dump For-Profit College Accreditor

04/11/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Twelve state attorneys general on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Education to deny federal recognition of one of the largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The accrediti... Read more >


Rate of increase in degree-holders continues to lag behind national goal

04/11/2016

The Hechinger Report. The rate by which Americans are earning two-and-four year degrees continues to lag stubbornly behind what’s needed to meet national goals, and declining college and university enrollments threaten to make things worse, accord... Read more >


APSCU Blasts Letter from Attorneys General on Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

04/11/2016

APSCU. A group of attorneys general chose to act this week against the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a move that can only be seen as acting in their own political self-interest, instead of the interests of new traditional... Read more >


College group: Plaintiffs bar, feds, state AGs teaming against for-profit colleges

04/06/2016

Legal Newsline. The head of an organization representing private post-secondary colleges and universities says he believes plaintiffs’ attorneys have played a key role in the federal government’s recent push for the banning or restricting of man... Read more >


U. of Phoenix Will Lay Off 470 Employees

04/06/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Phoenix is laying off 470 employees, nearly 8 percent of its work force, reports KTVK, a television station in Phoenix. “This difficult decision came after careful deliberation and analysis w... Read more >


Education Department Drafts Standards for Accreditors

04/06/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration is proposing new standards that govern how and when college accreditors have to alert the U.S. Department of Education about troubled institutions under the accreditors’ purview. The department is solici... Read more >


Hard Times at For-Profit U

04/05/2016

Comstock's. When Chris Treiber left the Navy in 2011, he set sail on uncharted waters. His 10 years of service offered no natural path into a good job. He’d spent his last five of those guarding prisoners and had no civilian job experience. He had... Read more >


Revamped Loan Payment System

04/05/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education plans to revamp how it collects monthly payments from millions of Americans who have federal student loans, the department will announce on Monday afternoon. Department officials will announce thei... Read more >


For-profit college chain ITT lands in the crosshairs of Mass. attorney general

04/04/2016

The Washington Post. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, for engaging in abusive sales tactics and misleading students abou... Read more >


Shortage of Skills: The Culinary Sector

04/01/2016

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


Fight Over Debt Collection Records

03/31/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The American Civil Liberties Union and National Consumer Law Center on Tuesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Education to turn over various documents that show how the government collects student loan debt f... Read more >


Competency for the Traditional-Age Student

03/30/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Competency-based education isn’t for everyone, say even supporters of the emerging form of higher education. Many of the 600 or so colleges that are trying to add competency-based degrees are focused on adult, nontraditional stu... Read more >


U of California Accused of Favoring Non-Californians

03/30/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Facing severe budget cuts from the state around 2010, University of California campuses started increasing their admission of out-of-state students, who pay much higher tuition rates than do California residents. UC officials never... Read more >


Digital Overtakes Print

03/30/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Several of the largest education publishers say they now generate most of their sales and revenue from digital products, but both analysts and some in the industry disagree on if the shift represents a transformation for the textbo... Read more >


Over 600,000 Job Openings in California on an Average Day in 2016: How Can This Be?

03/29/2016

Sedgwick LLP. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 600,000 job openings on an average day in California in March 2016. How can this be, with so many Californians having difficulty finding a job.Let's start with... Read more >


Pell Surplus Could Help Year-Round Proposal

03/28/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The federal government will spend roughly $22 billion on the Pell Grant program in 2016, according to new numbers from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. The more than $7 billion projected surplus in the $30 billion program fo... Read more >


More Former Corinthian Students Will Have Their Debt Forgiven, Education Dept. Says

03/25/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Education Department has cleared the way for former students at 91 campuses once owned by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to have their loan debt forgiven, the department announced on Friday. The cam... Read more >


$31 Million Court Win for a For-Profit College

03/24/2016

Inside Higher Ed. One piece of inaccurate information precipitated Kentucky-based Decker College's closure more than 10 years ago. That misinformation, provided by Decker's accreditor to the U.S. Department of Education, about the status of Decker'... Read more >


California Judge Orders Corinthian to Pay $1.17 Billion

03/24/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A California judge on Wednesday ordered the defunct Corinthian Colleges to pay $1.17 billion because of what he found to be false advertising and other practices that misled students into enrolling and borrowing money to pay tuitio... Read more >


Graduation Gap Widens

03/23/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Most public colleges have improved overall graduation rates during the last decade, a new study found. But gaps between the academic success of black students and that of white students continue to widen. Graduation rates improve... Read more >


'Confidence Rating' for On-Time Graduation

03/23/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Academic advisers at the University of California at San Diego will this fall be able to tell on a scale from zero to 10 if the student sitting in front of them is on track to graduate within four years. The university is in the p... Read more >


Why coding camps are taking so long to get licensed in California

03/21/2016

San Francisco Chronicle. In January 2014, the state bureau that regulates for-profit vocational schools sent cease-and-desist letters to nine coding boot camps operating in California without a license, threatening to shut them down if they didn’t... Read more >


Getting Ready for Another Corinthian

03/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. As the U.S. Department of Education forgives thousands of loans students took out to attend Corinthian Colleges and sets up a new federal debt relief process for other colleges, one pressing issue is how much it will cost taxpa... Read more >


Accreditation Outside the Academy

03/18/2016

Inside Higher Ed. Interest is building for an alternative type of accreditation for online courses, boot camps, corporate training and other nontraditional education providers. And while that form of quality assurance remains a work in progress, a g... Read more >


New Ground for Pearson

03/17/2016

Inside Higher Ed. A small two-year college in Ohio is trying to solve a problem many institutions like it across the country face. Enrollment is on the decline and tuition is frozen at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. But enter edu... Read more >


Critics Assail Potential New York Move on Regulating Online Colleges

03/16/2016

The New York Times. Consumer advocates, legal aid organizations and labor unions are urging New York State’s education commissioner not to sign an interstate agreement that they say would expose students to harm at the hands of online colleges and... Read more >


Using Pell to Boost Merit Aid

03/16/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Pell Grant program, which the federal government spent $34 billion on in 2014, has become a way to measure how well colleges serve the underprivileged. The more Pell Grant recipients a college enrolls, the story goes, the more ... Read more >


New Criteria for Debt Relief

03/16/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration is proposing new standards for when the federal government will forgive the student loans of borrowers who say they were victimized by their college or university. U.S. Department of Education officials th... Read more >


Feds shut down company accused of preying on student loan borrowers

03/16/2016

MarketWatch. A company accused of preying on student loan borrowers desperate to get out of debt will likely go out of business in the coming days. On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a final judgment order that would require Student Loan Processi... Read more >


‘We Need Many More College Graduates,’ Says Obama’s Departing Higher-Ed Adviser

03/16/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. James Kvaal, President Obama’s top higher-education adviser, left the White House last week for a residency at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In an interview on Tuesday with The Chronicle, he reflec... Read more >


VA Reprimands DeVry on Allegations It Misled Students

03/15/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suspended DeVry University’s participation in a voluntary Obama administration program aimed at highlighting colleges that are friendly to veterans. The VA suspended DeVry as an institutio... Read more >


U.S. Senate Confirms John King as Education Secretary

03/15/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Senate has confirmed John B. King Jr. as the nation’s 10th secretary of education. Lawmakers on Monday voted 49 to 40 to approve King’s nomination. The Senate education committee signed off last week. King has been... Read more >


Education Dept. Fires Law Firm Overseeing Zenith Group

03/15/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education plans to replace the law firm that has been overseeing Zenith Education Group’s operation of the campuses it purchased from the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The decision came after an Associ... Read more >


Key White House Education Official Steps Down

03/10/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. James Kvaal, the quiet force behind President Obama’s push for free community college, is trading politics for academe. Mr. Kvaal, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Cou... Read more >


New or Improved?

03/08/2016

Inside Higher Ed. An uprising has been taking place in California. The state’s 113 community colleges are breaking with their accreditor in an effort to reform the system of checks and balances that determines the institutions' quality. This sum... Read more >


Federal Court Upholds Gainful-Employment Rule, Dealing For-Profit Group Another Loss

03/08/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities has lost another challenge to the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment rule. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Dis... Read more >


APSCU Statement On Gainful Employment Litigation

03/08/2016

APSCU. Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling on APSCU’s litigation against the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment regulation, APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson released the following... Read more >


Video: Leader of U. of Phoenix Says It’s ‘Heads-Down Focused’ on Improvements for Students

03/07/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since becoming president of the University of Phoenix, in June 2014, Timothy P. Slottow has helped the institution restore its standing with its accreditor, overturn a suspension by the U.S. Department of Defens... Read more >


Accreditor Rejects Grand Canyon U.'s Bid to Turn Nonprofit

03/07/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Grand Canyon Education Inc., which runs a for-profit college based in Arizona, is giving up its 18-month effort to become a nonprofit institution. The university's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, said ... Read more >


Education Department moves to refund military borrowers for overcharges

03/07/2016

The Washington Post. Acting Education Secretary John B. King Jr. told members of the Senate education committee Monday that the department is taking steps to refund money to all military borrowers who were charged more than 6 percent interest on the... Read more >


Can the University of Phoenix Rise From the Ashes?

03/04/2016

Time.com. There are classrooms. A career center. A cafeteria. A statue of the founder. Portraits of the presidents. Historical artifacts. Even a trophy case. This sun-scorched place, on a Tuesday afternoon, has a lot of things that make it look lik... Read more >


Shortage of Skills:Information Technology & Cyber Security

03/04/2016

APSCU. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.8 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.6 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand "job ready" employees and prospectiv... Read more >


Noncompletion Success in California

03/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. For years now, community colleges have bemoaned the fact that they don't get credit for the students who pass through their halls but leave without a certification or degree. So California has spent the past two years examining ju... Read more >


The Triad and For-Profits

03/04/2016

Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration has been prodding state regulators to tighten up their oversight of for-profit colleges, in part to prevent another fiasco like the collapse of Corinthian Colleges. One focus for the feds is how state agenc... Read more >


Education Department under fire over military student borrowers

03/03/2016

The Hill. The Department of Education is coming under congressional scrutiny for allegedly turning a blind eye to members of the military who were overcharged for their student loans. Senate Democrats urged acting Education Secretary John B. King J... Read more >


CA Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Hygiene Committee final rule effective 2/18/2016: Amendments to the Remedial Education Rules for Dental Hygienists

03/03/2016

Issue: Professional Board Requirements Subissue: Allied Health Education Requirements First Reported: 11/26/2013 Date Updated: 03/02/2016 Contact: Anthony Lum 916-576-5004 Citation: Title 16, Division 11, ?? 1108 Upcoming Action: Nothing... Read more >


Report Raises New Concerns About Education Dept.’s Oversight of Loan Servicers

03/01/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general has expressed new concerns about a 2015 departmental review of loan servicers, which concluded that the companies generally obeyed rules governing a low-inte... Read more >


Amid Public Pressure, UC-Davis Chancellor Resigns From DeVry Board

03/01/2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of California at Davis’s chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, is resigning from the DeVry Education Group’s Board of Directors amid pressure from public-interest groups, reports The Sacramento Bee. ... Read more >


CFPB Duels With Accreditor

02/29/2016

Inside Higher Ed. As college accreditors face growing scrutiny in Washington, it’s not just the U.S. Department of Education and Congress taking aim at how those organizations green-light colleges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ong... Read more >


Must vs. Should

02/25/2016

Inside Higher Ed. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter that urged institutions to better investigate and adjudicate cases of campus sexual assault. The letter clarified how the department interprets Title IX of ... Read more >


Overtime Woes

02/25/2016

Inside Higher Ed. On her busier weeks, when she’s out in the field, Carly Ebben is sure she works more than 40 hours. But it varies. When she’s at the University of California at Berkeley, she works less. When she’s out conducting research, s... Read more >


CFPB Duels With Accreditor

02/24/2016

Inside Higher Ed. As college accreditors face growing scrutiny in Washington, it’s not just the U.S. Department of Education and Congress taking aim at how those organizations green-light colleges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ong... Read more >


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

02/23/2016

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


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

02/19/2016

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


Changing the Conversation

02/18/2016

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


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

02/17/2016

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


The Meanings of California’s Low Labor Force Participation Rate

02/16/2016

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


What Obama's 2017 Budget Means for Higher Ed

02/15/2016

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


Company accused of preying on student loan borrowers files for bankruptcy

02/12/2016

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


The Questions Developed to Cull Students

02/12/2016

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


Security, Transparency Clash at UC

02/11/2016

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


Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

02/11/2016

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


Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen

02/11/2016

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


University of Chicago Cut Stake in For-Profit DeVry Education

02/11/2016

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


A Higher Ed Wish List, DOA

02/10/2016

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


Phoenix Owner Seeks Fresh Start

02/09/2016

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