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Five Questions On Regulating For-Profit Colleges

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Suzanne Mettler is the Clinton Rossiter professor of American institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. Her new book, “Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream,” examines changes in U.S. higher education over the last several decades, arguing that the American higher education system now …

The Jobless Rate For Community-College Graduates Is Also Low

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The federal government’s main educational-attainment categories are fairly blunt. In particular, the “some college” category includes a wide array of people: Those who have dropped out of college without earning any degree, those who have earned a two-year degree meant to lead directly to a job (such as in nursing) and those …

Florida Leaders Join Together To Oppose Federal Higher Education Regulation

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More than 100 Florida leaders from the business, education and non-profit communities – along with associations representing Florida’s multi-billion dollar hospitality industry, nearly 1,000 private schools and colleges, Florida hospitals and various other corporations – today called on the U.S. Department of Education to drop its proposed Gainful Employment regulation, citing the …

Career Colleges Face Test From State, Federal Officials

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Federal and state officials are conducting probes into career colleges over concerns that schools are marketing career-training programs that lack proper accreditation for students in certain fields, according to government agencies and regulatory filings. The investigations, being conducted by the Federal Trade Commission and some state attorneys general, focus on whether students …

For-Profit Colleges Decry Gainful-Employment Rule As ‘Arbitrary And Biased’

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The for-profit-college industry’s trade association, backed by a 100-page report by economists, is coming out swinging against the U.S. Department of Education’s draft "gainful employment" regulation. The proposal is "flawed, arbitrary, and biased," and will deny educational access to as many as 7.5 million students over the next decade, contends the Association …

Nowhere To Go

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Up to 44 percent of students at for-profit colleges could lose access to federal financial aid under proposed “gainful employment” regulations, according to a new report from the sector’s trade group. And many of those students lack other educational options in their academic field or geographical area. “The impact will be very …

Is College Adequately Preparing Students For The Workforce?

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The job market isn’t looking promising for grads leaving college with a degree in liberal arts. In fact, a new report finds only 2% of companies are actively recruiting these graduates. What’s more, 49% of people across generations say there are “no jobs” for those with liberal arts degrees.

Millennial Branding, a Gen …

Take Action To Stop The Gainful Employment Regulation

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The U.S. Department of Education has issued their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Gainful Employment regulation. Comments to

Docket ID ED-02014-OPE-0039 will be accepted until May 27, 2014.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Click through to visit Career.org, then select the profile you identify with the most and let the Department know you oppose …

Passing The Baton

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For-profit colleges won’t need to worry about one of their most persistent and powerful critics after next year, when Sen. Tom Harkin retires. But as the Iowa Democrat said last week, there are other Democrats in the Senate who will continue his pursuit of the sector. Harkin spoke at a media event …

Advocates For A Tougher ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Step Into The Fray

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Student groups, veterans organizations, and others who want the federal government to put more teeth into its newest proposed “gainful employment” regulation are launching a visible lobbying and public-relations effort over the measure this week. There’s a Twitter campaign set for Wednesday—complete with its own hashtag, #studentsdemand—and a Capitol Hill news conference …

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