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Q&A On The Career College Industry

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The nation’s career colleges accused the Obama administration on Friday of engaging in a “discriminatory, punitive” attack against programs that help many non-traditional students find meaningful employment. The administration says it’s those very students it’s trying to protect. It issued proposed regulations late this week designed to protect students at for-profit colleges …

Department Of Education Releases Highly Biased, Flawed And Arbitrary Regulation For Public Comment

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Following the public release of the gainful employment regulation NPRM, Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, released the following statement:

“The U.S. Department of Education’s actions confirm that they engaged in a sham negotiated rulemaking process with the sole goal of reaching a predetermined …

Revised ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Breaks Little New Ground

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The Education Department has released a revised "gainful employment" rule, a little less than two years after a federal judge threw out the original measure, calling portions of it "arbitrary." The new proposal hews closely to a draft version rejected by a rule-making committee in December, judging for-profit and vocational programs based …

New Obama Administration Proposal To Regulate For-Profit Colleges

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The Obama administration is proposing to tighten oversight of for-profit colleges through new rules that seek to limit how much debt students can amass in career-training programs. The proposal is the administration’s second try at regulations setting standards for what colleges must do to ensure graduates of career programs obtain “gainful employment.”

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5 Things To Know About The Gainful Employment Rule

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Why is the Department of Education proposing a new gainful-employment rule?

Most of the original proposed rule was thrown out by a federal district court in July 2012, after the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the main trade group of the for-profit-college industry, challenged it in a lawsuit. A judge appointed …

Education Leaders: Time To Rethink What A College Degree Promises

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Although a large majority of business leaders prioritize a candidate's knowledge and skills over a college pedigree, many large companies' hiring practices suggest the opposite. Finding a solution to the frustration of both business leaders and college graduates may require colleges and universities to rethink what a degree guarantees – and to …

Gainful Employment: New Priorities For U.S. Higher Education IT Departments

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On Dec. 11, 2013, the United States Department of Education posted a 68-page draft of regulations for "Gainful Employment (GE)." Gainful Employment currently only applies to certificate and other programs that do not lead to a degree, but may be extended to all postsecondary programs.For the first time, these regulations introduce starting …

Kline, Foxx Take Aim At Obama’s Push On Higher Ed

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Two key Republicans on the House education committee this week criticized the Obama administration for its recent executive actions on higher education, and for President Obama's promises of more. Representatives John Kline and Virginia Foxx said in a statement and in a letter to the president that the administration’s recent actions on …

Coalition Letter In Support Of A Strong “Gainful Employment” Rule

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More than 50 organizations that advocate for students, consumers, veterans, service members, college access, and civil rights sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to promptly issue a strong “gainful employment” rule.

The letter asks the Administration “to issue promptly a stronger, more effective proposed regulation so that the urgently needed …

Community Colleges Tout Funding Based On Outcomes

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Ohio’s community college presidents are backing a new state college funding system that would give greater emphasis to student completion rates. Ohio’s past formula, based on how many full-time equivalent students were enrolled at the beginning of a semester, provided incentives for colleges to enroll more students but gave less weight to …

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