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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


REACTION TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S FAULTY DEFENSE OF FAULTY MATH

04/15/2014

Higher Education for All. April 15, 2014. The Department of Education has been saying that 72 percent of private sector programs produce graduates who earn less than the median high school dropout. This statistic appeared shoddy from the beginning a... Read more >


Shift in Scrutiny of Loan Servicers

04/15/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of Education is planning to change how it evaluates the companies that manage the loan payments of the more than 26 million borrowers of federal direct student loans.   Department officials are... Read more >


California S.B. 1264 - State Financial Aid

04/15/2014

Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D) Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Provides that in the academic years in which the study is completed by the Commission on Teacher Credentia... Read more >


California A.B. 2247 - Governance & State Oversight

04/15/2014

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 >


California S.B. 1069 - Governance & State Oversight

04/15/2014

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 >


California A.B. 2183 - Nursing Credentialing Issues

04/15/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D) Summary: Current version (4/7/2014): Stipulates that the Board of Registered Nursing is to adopt specific criteria for determining the equivalency of course instruction when assessing the qualifications of... Read more >


California S.B. 845 - Governance & State Oversight

04/15/2014

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 >


Faculty Salaries at Community Colleges Rise 2%

04/15/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 14, 2014. Report: “Two-Year Institution Faculty-Salary Survey” (available for purchase here) Organization: College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Summary: The median bas... Read more >


California career-college oversight failure draws legislators' attention

04/15/2014

San Jose Mercury News. April 13, 2014. California's oversight of private career colleges could be heading for a major remake after an audit found the state's regulatory bureau has done a poor job of protecting students from fraud and deception. Ins... Read more >


Feds Accused of Using Sloppy Factoid on For-Profits

04/15/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 14, 2014. The U.S. Department of Education used a misleading statistic in its rollout last month of proposed "gainful employment" regulations aimed at for-profit institutions, The Washington Post reported. Advocates for t... Read more >


California A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

04/15/2014

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 >


California A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/15/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

04/14/2014

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 >


California A.B. 2099 - State Financial Aid

04/11/2014

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 >


Lessons Learned

04/11/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 11, 2014. Josh Wyner visits a lot of community colleges. After several years traveling the country to help administer the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Wyner wrote a book to share what he’s seen. The Aspe... Read more >


Innovator or Protector of Status Quo

04/11/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 11, 2014. Policy makers and entrepreneurs decry accreditation for slowing innovation on campuses and reinforcing the status quo. For example, the American Enterprise Institute and American Council of Trustees have written pa... Read more >


Do 72 percent of for-profit programs have graduates making less than high school dropouts?

04/11/2014

The Washington Post. April 11, 2014. “Of the for-profit gainful employment programs that our department could analyze, and which could be affected by our actions today, the majority — the significant majority, 72 percent — produce graduates wh... Read more >


COOKING THE BOOKS ON GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT: BAD DATA IN = WORSE PRODUCT OUT

04/11/2014

Higher Education for All. April 3, 2014. Following the most recent release of the gainful employment regulation, the Department began to circulate a “statistic” that they claimed justified some of their actions. Their claim: 72 percent of privat... Read more >


California approves three different high school equivalency exams

04/11/2014

San Jose Mercury News. April 10 2014. The state Board of Education has approved three options for those seeking to earn high school equivalency certificates, which include both computer-based and paper and pencil tests. The state will continue to a... Read more >


Bill Seeks to Expand Use of ‘Income Share’ Alternatives to Student Loans

04/11/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 10, 2014. In an effort to expand access to alternatives to traditional student loans, U.S. Sen. Marco A. Rubio and Rep. Tom E. Petri introduced legislation on Wednesday that would create a legal framework for... Read more >


Regional Accreditors Agree on Common Terms

04/11/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 10, 2014. The nation's regional accrediting commissions announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to a common set of terms to describe the status of the institutions under their purview. The accrediting bo... Read more >


California A.B. 1538 - State Financial Aid

04/10/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D) Summary: Stipulates that a qualifying institution with a three-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5 percent, as certified by the Student Aid Commission by October 1 of the prior aca... Read more >


California S.B. 1264 - State Financial Aid

04/10/2014

Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D) Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Provides that in the academic years in which the study is completed by the Commission on Teacher Credentia... Read more >


Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges

04/10/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 8, 2014. As the pressure on community colleges to accelerate or even eliminate remedial-education requirements intensifies, vexing questions are being asked about the impact such a shift could have on low-inc... Read more >


Some Colleges Try to Catch Students Up Before They’re Behind

04/10/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 8, 2014. Community colleges contend with a difficult reality: Many students show up unready for college-level work, and few of them catch up and graduate. To shift that status quo, as campuses around the coun... Read more >


House Democrats Propose Student Loan Refinancing

04/10/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 8, 2014. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representative on Wednesday unveiled their response to the Republican 2015 fiscal year budget released last week by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The plan by Representativ... Read more >


When Going to a For-Profit College Might Make Sense

04/10/2014

NationalJournal. April 7, 2014. ECPI University's campus here looks like a suburban office park, and that's exactly the feel its career-focused students want. "I was really tired of making $9 an hour. The only way you're going to make more than th... Read more >


Duncan Defends Ratings System to Congress

04/10/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 9, 2014. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings system to several Republican lawmakers, who criticized the plan. Testifying before the House appropriations su... Read more >


Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

04/10/2014

The New York Times. April 8, 2014. Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only... Read more >


California A.B. 2350 - Governance & State Oversight

04/08/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1976 - State Financial Aid

04/08/2014

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 >


Online at Community Colleges

04/08/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 7, 2014. Online enrollment continued to grow at community colleges in 2013, even as many two-year institutions saw overall enrollment stagnate or drop, according to a report released Sunday by the Instructional Technology C... Read more >


Healthcare jobs still growing, but L.A. market faces saturation

04/08/2014

Los Angeles Daily News. April 6, 2014. Pasadena resident Nathaniel Furnanz knows the statistic well: the number of nursing jobs in the U.S. is expected to grow by 19 percent over the next 10 years, nearly twice the average of other occupations, acco... Read more >


Community-College Association Issues Guide to Transform the Sector

04/08/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 7, 2014. Two years ago, the American Association of Community Colleges provided a stark assessment of its members’ shortcomings,calling for a broad transformation to meet the evolving needs of students and... Read more >


California S.B. 967 - Public Safety & Health

04/07/2014

Sponsor: Senator Kevin De Leon (D) Summary: Current version (3/19/2014): Requires the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governi... Read more >


California A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

04/07/2014

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 >


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

04/07/2014

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 >


California S.B. 845 - Governance & State Oversight

04/04/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1976 - State Financial Aid

04/04/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1544 - Governance & State Oversight (Regulatory Structure)

04/04/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Travis Allen (R) Summary: Increases the membership of the Student Aid Commission to 16 by adding an additional representative from public, proprietary or nonprofit postsecondary schools located in California. Amendment #1 ... Read more >


California A.B. 1590 - Governance & State Oversight (Data Collection)

04/04/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D) Summary: Amends the date the Student Aid Commission needs to certify a qualifying institution's latest three-year cohort default rate and graduation rate to November 1. Defines the graduation rate of a qua... Read more >


California A.B. 1538 - State Financial Aid

04/04/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D) Summary: Stipulates that a qualifying institution with a three-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5 percent, as certified by the Student Aid Commission by October 1 of the prior aca... Read more >


Grants vs. Loans

04/04/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 4, 2014. Much of the debate about encouraging college completion has focused on academic requirements, advising or the curriculum. Many experts commonly say that completion rates are about much more than money. But a study ... Read more >


Mass. Accuses Corinthian Colleges of Misleading Students to Increase Profits

04/04/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 3, 2014. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Thursday sued Corinthian Colleges Inc., accusing the for-profit higher-education company of misrepresenting job-placement rates and using deceptive marketing prac... Read more >


ALFORD: 'Gainful Employment' Rule Throws Black Students for a Loss

04/04/2014

The Washington Informer. April 2, 2014. Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on 1 million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it ... Read more >


Oates's Successor at Labor Department Approved

04/04/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 3, 2014. The U.S. Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Wednesday announced that it had approved Portia Wu as assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. Wu is a lawyer who pr... Read more >


New Federal Oversight Proposed for For-Profit Colleges

04/04/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 3, 2014. Three Congressional lawmakers are pushing for a new federal committee that would coordinate the government’s oversight of for-profit colleges. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Tom Harkin of Iowa, both Democrats... Read more >


Default Data on Parent PLUS Loans

04/04/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 3, 2014. The national default rate for Parent PLUS loans has nearly tripled in recent years, but it remains well below the default rates for other federal student loans, according to data released for the first time last week... Read more >


California S.B. 1028 - State Financial Aid

04/03/2014

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 >


California S.B. 1264 - State Financial Aid

04/03/2014

  Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D) Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Provides that in the academic years in which the study is completed by the Commission on Teacher Crede... Read more >


California A.B. 1538 - State Financial Aid

04/03/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D) Summary: Stipulates that a qualifying institution with a three-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5 percent, as certified by the Student Aid Commission by October 1 of the prior aca... Read more >


Collateral Damage

04/03/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 2, 2014. Students at a community college in rural Texas may lose access to federal aid because of a student-loan default measure Congress expanded mostly to keep an eye on for-profit institutions. Frank Phillips College is a... Read more >


Consensus on Campus Safety Rules

04/03/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 2, 2014. Colleges would be required to expand their reporting of campus crimes, publish more robust information about how disciplinary hearings work, and maintain sexual assault prevention programs under a proposal endorsed T... Read more >


Cengage Surfaces

04/03/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 2, 2014. Cengage Learning emerged from bankruptcy on Tuesday, returning to the textbook market with less debt and more funding, but also with the same challenges facing the academic publishing industry. Saddled with $5.8 bil... Read more >


House Republicans Propose Freezing Pell Grants, Ending Support for Endowments

04/03/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 1, 2014. House Republicans offered their alternative to President Obama’s fiscal-2015 budget on Tuesday, proposing deep cuts in nondefense programs, including many of interest to higher education. The ... Read more >


Apollo Falls as Education Department Demands Marketing Records

04/03/2014

Bloomberg BusinessWeek. April 1. 2014. Apollo Education Group Inc. (APOL:US), owner of the University of Phoenix, fell in late trading after disclosing it received a subpoena from the Education Department for certain marketing and recruitment recor... Read more >


How One University Is Increasing Its International Enrollment

04/03/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 2, 2014. International students have long come to North Carolina State University for its graduate programs, where they account for about a third of the enrollment. At the undergraduate level, however, they h... Read more >


Education Management Corp. Lays Off 200 and Sells a Building

04/03/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 2, 2014. The Education Management Corporation has disclosed the layoffs of about 200 employees nationwide and the sale of its Art Institute of Pittsburgh building, in the latest round of cuts to affect the ... Read more >


California A.B. 1976 - State Financial Aid

04/02/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1927 - Governance & State Oversight

04/02/2014

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 >


California A.B. 1538 - State Financial Aid

04/02/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D) Summary: Stipulates that a qualifying institution with a three-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5 percent, as certified by the Student Aid Commission by October 1 of the prior aca... Read more >


Ed Dept. Defends Loan Servicing

04/01/2014

Inside Higher Ed. March 28, 2014. By Michael Stratford A top Education Department official on Thursday faced tough questions from several Senate Democrats over how the department oversees the companies it hires to manage the payments of student... Read more >


Policy Feature Issue: Gainful Employment Standards

04/01/2014

GOP.gov. March 28, 2014. The growing burden of student loan debt coupled with a stagnant economy remains a roadblock to the economic well-being of millions of young Americans.  At the end of 2013, collective student loan debt topped $1.08 trillion.... Read more >


Forget Gainful Employment. For-Profits Should Restructure Instead.

04/01/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. March 31, 2014. By Eric Best and Joel Best Problems with for-profit colleges are receiving a great deal of attention in education news, and most of the conversation revolves around increasingly modest federal "gain... Read more >


Irregularities cited in student vet study

04/01/2014

Airforce Times. March 28, 2014. A study released by Student Veterans of America promised to bring much-needed clarity to veterans’ college graduation rates, but irregularities in how the research was done may cast doubt on its findings. While the... Read more >


Back in Business

04/01/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 1, 2014. By Paul Fain Arizona covers less than 1 percent of the budget for the Maricopa Community College District. The 10-college system, which enrolls 265,000 students, now receives an annual state contribution of $8 m... Read more >


3 Cheers for Associate Degrees

04/01/2014

Inside Higher Ed. April 1, 2014. By Stephen Joel Trachtenberg The story has Biblical overtones. Twin brothers grow up in a typical middle-class household. Brother A reads Charlotte’s Web and Chronicles of Narnia; Brother B swirls a basket... Read more >


New Data Shed Light on Use of PLUS Loans and Controversial Loan Denials

03/27/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. March 27, 2014. By Goldie Blumenstyk. Colleges that have complained that the U.S. Department of Education has been too strict in denying PLUS loans to their students now have a little better picture of the reaso... Read more >


The Awful New Rules on 'Gainful Employment'

03/27/2014

Minding the Campus. March 25, 2014. By Richard Vedder. The Gettysburg Address is just over 300 words long, while the Declaration of Independence is 1,137 and entire U.S. Constitution is 4,400 words. But the Obama Administration's new rules pertain... Read more >


Why Wait to Do the Right Things?

03/27/2014

The Wall Street Journal. March 26, 2014. One other point about the "gainful employment" regulation that wasn't covered in your editorial "Education's ObamaCare" (March 22): The Education Department holds private-sector colleges to a standard that ... Read more >


Audit Criticizes California Regulator of For-Profit and Career Colleges

03/27/2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education. March 19, 2014. The California state agency charged with regulating more than 1,000 private postsecondary institutions, such as for-profit colleges and vocational schools, has “consistently failed to meet its res... Read more >


Why are community college students defaulting at such high rates?

03/27/2014

Community College Daily. March 24, 2014. By Brittany Hackett. Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an article in the February/March edition of the Community College Journal, the bimonthly magazine of the American Association of Community Coll... Read more >


Rethinking California's Master Plan

03/27/2014

Inside Higher Ed. March 26, 2014. California's storied Master Plan has led to a structure and financing of public higher education that is out of sync with the needs of students and the state, according to a new report from the Institute for Highe... Read more >


Fight on State Authorization

03/27/2014

Inside Higher Ed. March 26, 2014. By Michael Stratford. WASHINGTON -- The Education Department’s first draft of new regulations for online programs operating across state lines is concerning some state regulators, who say the propo... Read more >