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Previewing The Higher Ed Act

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Various higher education groups have put forward their initial recommendations for how Congress might consider rewriting the Higher Education Act, if and when lawmakers actually get around to considering the main federal law governing federal programs for students and higher education.

Given recent history and the legislative gridlock in this city, Congress may …

House Committee Pushes Back On Education Department

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The House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Wednesday approved legislation that would prevent the U.S. Department of Education from drafting new "gainful employment" rules this fall.

The bill, would also repeal state authorization and federal credit hour regulations. If passed by the House and Senate, the legislation would prevent the department …

Back to the Future

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President Obama’s Education Department has announced it will begin crafting new “gainful employment” regulations in September. This will be a second attempt to set standards for measuring how recent graduates of vocational programs, mostly at for-profits, fare in the job market.

In recent months Senate Democrats have held hearings on how to improve the federal government’s return on investment for tuition assistance programs that benefit student veterans and active-duty members of the military.

2013 Graduates… Who’s Finding Work, Who’s Not?

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Education News reports that much of the struggle graduates are having landing their first job depends heavily on their major area of study. Those with highly skilled degrees – in the technology field, for example – are more in demand than those with, say, liberal arts degrees, says that report.

Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation …

Separate Rule Making For Gainful Employment

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The U.S. Department of Education plans this fall to begin a stand-alone round of negotiated rule making on "gainful employment" regulations, which would keep tabs on vocational programs at for-profit colleges and some nonprofit institutions. The department's plan to pursue a new set of regulations, given that a federal judge struck down the original version …

APSCU Disappointed In U.S. Department Of Education Announcement To Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committee For Gainful Employment

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Today, APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson released a statement following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that they will establish a negotiated rulemaking committee for consideration of gainful employment.

Concerns On Loan Denials

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WASHINGTON — Since the Education Department changed its underwriting standards for loans to students’ parents in 2011, 400,000 parents have been denied the loans. The denials have fallen disproportionately on historically black colleges and universities, whose leaders pleaded with the Obama administration Tuesday to reconsider the policy.

“Our students and families are in crisis now,” Michael …

As Gainful-Employment Talks Resume, Education Dept. Is Mum On Appeal

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With a second round of rule-making sessions on the Education Department's controversial "gainful employment" regulation set to begin on Tuesday, officials at the agency aren't saying if they'll continue to defend their first draft.

Officially, the department had until midnight Monday to appeal a federal judge's 2012 decision that blocked key parts of the original rule …

Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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WASHINGTON — Right after the election in November, it seemed that Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration had reached a rare policy consensus: both supported requiring colleges to disclose more information about graduates’ outcomes in general, and a bill from Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden that would require the disclosure of salary data (among …

Trying Again On ‘Gainful’

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WASHINGTON — The Education Department announced Monday that it would seek to rewrite controversial regulations on for-profit colleges, tighten underwriting standards for some student loans and introduce new rules on using preloaded debit cards for financial aid — a wide-ranging regulatory agenda for the first year of President Obama’s second term.

When the department begins the …

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