Blog: Neg-Reg Not Going as Well as We Hoped. Gainful Employment Puts Government in Charge of Tuition

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The third round of negotiated rulemaking didn’t go as well as we hoped. The new definition of gainful employment is basically making the government responsible for tuition costs. What is incredibly ridiculous is that not only does the Obama administration believe the government should be the ones creating jobs, but now they may shut down an important source of job training and preparation for careers that require more expensive training. Why create jobs for an untrained workforce? And what schools will be able to charge a tuition that maintains the 8% debt ratio being proposed? Hmmm … maybe the community colleges? You know, those schools that fail to meet the standards career colleges are already held to!

Blog: Commentary on Government Intervention in Education

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When we allow (yes, it is up to those of us who elect these politicians) the government to run businesses, including schools, they seem to lack appropriate problem-solving capabilities.

What is blatantly apparent to me in reading this article is that while Career Colleges may also increase tuition, they continue to improve the quality of education and focus on programmatic offerings that are based on where the jobs are in our economy. Students of these traditional universities don't seem to feel that way about "their" education providers.

As with the automotive industry, this administration keeps throwing money we don’t have at failing businesses like the community college system, and trying to fix the problems by charging the taxpayers more money, in this case through increased …

Blog: Individual Development Plans for Career College Faculty

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Individual Development Plans for career college faculty should include developmental goals and objectives, suggested professional affiliations and activities, recommended training, and classroom observation to evaluate transfer of training. An effective plan should encompass the instructor's own ideas for ongoing development of effective teaching, and be supported by the responsible manager/mentor through coaching, supplying the necessary resources, and mutual discussion of results.

Individual Development Plans should link the results of training to improved performance. For example, classroom observation should show how the instructor has applied and implemented the training received and the resulting improvement in identified developmental areas such as successful instructional planning, interactive teaching techniques and effective classroom management.

To make the Individual Development Plan more meaningful, the observed improvements in faculty performance should be assessed against …

(Blog) Give Us Stricter Regulations and Let’s Move On

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Here's a special thanks to whoever invented tabbed web browsing. The feature has become especially helpful in the last week for viewing all the allegations, hateful comments, and reports of investigation targeting career education. The sky above career colleges might appear as though it's falling, but at least I can see it crash in an orderly, tabbed format.

So what web pages do I have open? The first tab is a piece that appeared last weekend in Barron’s, offering a wealth of statistics and stock market trending for education stocks. In the final paragraph, the article suggests that investors avoid education stocks like they are the second coming of Enron. At last count, there were 15 or so comments posted to the article from naysayers and …

Blog: Hearing Needlessly Puts Weight of Wrongdoings on Career Colleges

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Judging by the naming conventions alone, it was intended to sound unassuming, if not boring, even for the usual Wednesday morning Congressional hearing. The meeting title was “the House Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee”, just the unexceptional-sounding moniker that encourages something more like sleep and something less like government interaction that we’ve come to expect in Washington. Few, if any average citizens are going to weather traffic, parking, building security, or the exquisitely polished tile floors in government hallways for such a drab title on the placard next to the meeting doors.

For participants like Career College Association CEO Harris Miller, however, the implications were hardly disguised. The for-profit school industry was to be central in the discussion on the findings of the recently …

You Can’t Hit the Target Unless You Aim For the Right Employer

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One of the most fatal missteps in a career is going to work for the wrong company; a company that doesn't provide reasonable prospects for stability, success and integrity. Too often people pursue an ad, a recruiter, or a referral from an acquaintance, without really knowing much about the prospective employer. Much may be learned by researching a company in advance via Hoover, Dunn and Bradstreet, stock research, if public, or maybe simply Googling the company for example.

It can also pay off to talk to a person knowledgeable about the industry to find out about the history and track record of the company, future plans, financial situation, compliance history, management stability, corporate culture and potential career growth opportunity. A knowledgeable, ethical and experienced recruiter is …

Faculty Development – The Incentive Side of the Equation

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Are you having challenges in engaging your instructors in your faculty development program?

Most career college instructors are highly motivated because they are passionate about their students. As career educators, they are driven by the goal of providing an excellent education to their students and helping them succeed in their life and career. These instructors are always looking for opportunities to enhance their teaching skills to better serve their students.

However, some instructors genuinely feel that they don don’t need to be taught how to teach. Some know their subject matter so well that they believe that makes them an expert instructor. Some have taught for years and believe that that there is nothing more to learn about teaching a class. What I have learned is that …

Get Healthy

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Do you know what condition your marketing is in? It may be time for an enrollment marketing check-up…

Get Starts has developed a list of questions to help you get clear picture of what state your marketing is in now and what you need to do to about it. Think of it as a form of “self diagnosis.” Your results will show you what your priorities should be and the remedies to consider.

EDU Marketing Guide – Self Diagnosis

This is the fastest and easiest way we know to help you get your arms around your current situation so you leverage every dollar you spend to produce a measurable Return on Investment.

Getting Results – Things to Do After Training

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Training is ineffective unless the desired behavior, knowledge, and skills are transferred to the workplace. It is not enough to simply admonish employees to apply what they learn in training. Below is a suggested list of things to do after training starts to maximize transfer of training to the workplace.

Coach the trainees. Review the highlights of what was learned and how it applies to the employee’s job. Meet one-on-one to communicate your support for the transfer of training; offer help ("Tell me what I can do to help you apply what you have learned."). Remind the trainee that the application of new skills to the job may not be as easy as it appears at first, that difficulties will be encountered.

Give the trainees assignments in …

Blog: No Mercy for Career Education Instructors

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Few writers can say that they are in fact failed stand-up comedians, but it has happened to me – and that might be funnier than any joke I could ever hope to tell. I think, now, that I merely had an affinity for words and for storytelling back then, just before my 19th and 20th birthdays. I’d scribble half-funny things I said at parties and while riding shotgun with friends (oddly enough, on car rides mostly to parties) into a private notebook I kept pushed under my bed. Then I’d come back to the material later to write a comedy act, pull out the notebook thick with dust bunnies and the half-funny jokes read like very serious excerpts from Chaucer or Dickens or maybe Exodus. …

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