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President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund Commentary: Obama’s Gainful Employment Rule

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Assessing schools based on the amount of debt the average student incurs compared to their income, rather than the quality of the education they provide, their accreditation or graduation rate, for example, is just not a fair measure of a program's worth.

The amount of debt students undertake is not an issue colleges …

The Department Of Education Can’t Even Count

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The department is instead “spending our time having conversations and crafting a rule that will best serve students,” a spokesman from the department said on background in an email to Watchdog.org.

The department spokesman confirmed staff received “less than 100,000 comments this go-around.”

Advocates worry the department’s opaque treatment of these comments is not …

Department Of Education’s Proposed Rules Are The Last Thing The Economy Needs

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The Department of Education’s rule would judge whether an institution can qualify for federal aid by mandating an average rate of repayment of student loans as measured against graduates’ income.

Rather than applying to all higher learning, however, the regulation would apply primarily to private sector institutions.

Non-degree, vocational programs at community colleges and …

A Wrong Approach To Student Loan Debt

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Dr. Kenneth Lloyd “Ken” Coon, Sr. was the 15th director of the Employment Security Division (now the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services):

As the former director of the Arkansas Employment Security Division (now the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services), and a professor of human resources development for Webster University, I have long been …

Any Doubts About Career Colleges? Ask The 500,000 Graduates

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Here are the facts about for-profit higher education in Florida:

More than 500,000 degrees and diplomas were earned by students at career colleges in Florida in the past five years.

Currently, more than 300,000 students are enrolled in Florida in private career colleges, including 45,000 in the Tampa Bay area.

Private colleges and universities educated …

Fashionable Showing: A Well-Respected College with a Unique Focus Producing Exceptional Outcomes

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As part of our continuing series of profiles of APC member colleges that stand in stark contrast to the considerably misinformed and misguided blanket negative opinions held in some quarters toward proprietary colleges, we shine a spotlight on New York City-based LIM College, initially called the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising when its …

For-Profit on the Job Application

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The newly released working paper by five economists tracked callbacks by employers in response to 8,914 fictitious job applications.

The research found no statistically significant difference in how the two sectors stacked up.

An interpretation of those results, however, depends on who you ask.

Employers’ overall response rate — meaning a positive, non-perfunctory reply via …

Viewpoint: Proposed federal rules would limit education opportunities

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A view of the situation: Rep. Joanne Blyton is the Vice Chair of the Montana House Education Committee. She represents House District 59 in Carbon County and surrounding areas.–America’s higher education system truly is the envy of the world, but it isn’t without its challenges. We’ve seen accelerating costs to attend college …

Coding “Bootcamps” Deliver 44% Increases to Graduate Salaries

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Course Report surveyed graduates from 48 qualifying programming schools and received 432 responses from graduates that met the criteria.

The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 75% of graduates surveyed report being employed in a full-time job requiring the skills learned at bootcamp, with an average salary increase …

Colleges Get Mixed Grades On Teaching Digital Workforce Skills

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Many employers in this country want all college grads to have better technical skills than they currently graduate with, and one in four employers say recent college grads are unprepared for even entry-level jobs.

Those are among the findings of a new study by Internships.com, the world's largest internships marketplace, and General Assembly, …

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