Week in Review

Aug/04/2015 - 3:21pm

Our character as a people is defined by a simple, yet powerful idea: that opportunity should extend to all.  Earlier this month, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 individuals and became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. As the president stated, America at its heart is a nation of second chances. …

Aug/04/2015 - 3:00pm

The July 2015 National Association for Business Economics Business Conditions Survey noted that more than one-third (35 percent) of respondents reported that their firms experienced shortages of skilled labor during the quarter ending in June, up from 25 percent in the quarter ending in March, and up from 22 percent in the quarter ending June …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:18pm


Roger Dalton, vice president of government affairs for American National University, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Eric Rector has been appointed director of library services at American National University.

Ed Lynch, professor of political science at Hollins University, has been named an Oman Alwaleed Fellow for 2015-16 by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Aug/03/2015 - 4:11pm

Last month the Center for American Progress (CAP ) reported that a short list of 20 graduate schools were responsible for 25 percent of all federal student loan borrowing. The list was dominated by for-profit colleges, with Walden University at the top and the University of Phoenix, Capella, Strayer, Grand Canyon, and Kaplan all making …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:08pm

The for-profit college sector is having a tough year. Enrollments are on the decline after years of sustained growth following the Great Recession. Corinthian College shut down, and the Department of Education said that it will erase the debt of some of its graduates and former students who say they were defrauded by the organization.

Two …

Aug/03/2015 - 4:00pm

Presidential candidates from both parties are tapping into Americans’ growing angst over paying for college, placing an unprecedented bright glare on higher education this election. For Democrats, the solution is making college cheaper, or free. Republicans want more innovation and efficiency.

The surge in candidates’ collective interest in the issue isn’t a coincidence: Nearly half the students …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:55pm

Students have a lot of distractions. While much is self-inflicted, the Internet has introduced a new level of distraction. EdTech companies SHOULD be creating products that lessen distractions, however between poor UX, bad design and feature-creep, technology has become an impediment to the learning process.

But there is a way the EdTech community can help to …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:49pm

Career College Central Summary:

Black and Hispanic Americans regret their student loan debt more than their white counterparts, a new Pew Charitable Trusts report finds. When you dig into their education and labor market outcomes, that makes a lot of sense.

About 51 percent of black and 52 percent of Hispanic millennial and Generation X student-loan borrowers …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:43pm

Career College Central Summary:

With endless TV commercials, radio ads, mailings and billboards, the country's largest for-profit universities have made themselves household names. But the marketing often doesn't end there.

Schools have been known to bombard people with calls, drive by their homes or even try to recruit them in the hospital. They promise flexible schedules, affordable …

Jul/30/2015 - 6:37pm

Career College Central Summary:

Kaplan Career Institute and Lincoln Technical Institute will pay a combined $2.3 million to former students to settle claims by the Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healey, that the two colleges intentionally misled students. Specifically, Ms. Healey says the colleges advertised job-placement rates of more than 70 percent, when in reality they were …

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