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A Closer Look At Gainful Employment

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"Gainful employment" sounds like a reasonable idea. A vast majority of the 14.9 million unemployed Americans certainly aspire to it. Millions of students studying in U.S. colleges and universities hope to acquire training that will lead to it. And those of us currently holding jobs certainly want to remain a part of it.

So given that …

The Gainful Employment Video

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We’ve written extensively about the Department of Education’s misguided gainful employment rule since it first became a possibility for career education. We’ve spoken out in blog posts, through public comments addressed to the DOE, by pointed letters to elected officials, and we asked for your help in putting together a special edition of our magazine …

Tell Your Elected Officials How You Feel about Gainful Employment

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For months now, career colleges have been attacked in the media and in Washington, D.C. Our schools have been unfairly made to symbolize all that’s wrong with America’s education system while taking a hit for issues that also impact traditional colleges and universities. This has been accomplished with a few student anecdotes and biased investigations.

The …

Career Colleges Tangle with Duncan

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Career colleges and some minority lawmakers are charging that a proposal by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to restrict federal aid to for-profit career schools amounts to discrimination, harming blacks and Latinos who disproportionately use those schools to get ahead.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus have sent several letters telling Duncan …

Nobody Wins When We Regulate Out of Ignorance

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By William Tierney and Guilbert Hentschke

For-profit higher education has become a political pinata. Three Senate hearings have produced evidence of deceitful recruitment practices, unsustainable student-debt burdens, fraudulent promises of future jobs and high dropout rates at for-profit colleges.

In response, Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, plans to propose legislation …

For-Profit College Students Take on Congress as Hearing Looms

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At least 1,500 students from for- profit colleges chanted in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington today to protest a proposed regulation that would limit their access to government grants and loans.

The rally precedes a Senate hearing tomorrow that will examine whether the schools misled students on their employment prospects after graduation. Education Secretary …

For-Profit College Grads to Congress: Student Loans Are Good Investments

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Dressed in the hospital scrubs, chef jackets and mechanic suits of their professions, more than 1,000 students and graduates of for-profit colleges gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to tell Congress that federal loans put toward their educations are worthwhile investments.

The students rallied against a pending new rule that would eliminate federal financial aid at …

More Dems Weigh in Against New Limits on For-profit Schools

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More and more Democrats are urging the White House to scale back a proposal aimed at preventing loan defaults among career college students.

Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) — as well as Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.) — have all sent letters to the Education Department in the last week warning …

U.S. Delays For-Profit College Rule on Student Aid After 90,000 Comments

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U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan delayed publishing a rule that could hamper for-profit colleges’ access to federal financial aid after receiving 90,000 comments and letters.

The department will postpone the publication of the rule to early 2011 from Nov. 1 to review public comments and host several meetings and hearings, Duncan said in an …

Timetable Shift on ‘Gainful Employment’

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The U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce today that it will postpone the publication of some of its final regulatory language on rules aimed at ensuring that graduates of vocational programs find "gainful employment," which would reduce the time that for-profit colleges and other institutions affected by the rules would have to prepare …

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