Week in Review

Jul/16/2015 - 6:48pm

Career College Central Summary:

Some analysts believe the for-profit higher education sector is rebalancing amid the current decline, finding new niches for continued success.

Some may turn away from federal aid dollars all together, like Patten University, or narrow their target student audience, like the University of Phoenix is trying to do and Capella has done for …

Jul/16/2015 - 6:44pm

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Expressing frustration with the private process for accrediting California’s community colleges — an obscure system that nearly led to the closure of City College of San Francisco last year — the state Senate’s Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday to increase public oversight of the group.

The Education Committee also passed a bill …

Jul/16/2015 - 6:39pm

Career College Central Summary:

I told you so. In a Ted Talk almost two years ago I told you so. I said that while too much student debt is bad for students, it may be worse for colleges. Events in 2015 are starting to prove me right. Ordinarily I wouldn't be a scold but there still …

Jul/15/2015 - 8:14pm

Career College Central Summary:

Former congressman Steve Gunderson (R-WI), president of the for-profit colleges' main trade association, APSCU, this morning sent a dramatically-worded letter to APSCU members announcing organizational changes that "have the potential to create a new beginning for the sector and the association." In the circumstances, his words were reminiscent of Spinal Tap's David …

Jul/15/2015 - 8:06pm

Career College Central Summary:

Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills training.

Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.

In three or four months of really long days, students with little prior experience …

Jul/15/2015 - 8:00pm

Career College Central Summary:

The for-profit college sector’s primary trade group is being buffeted by some of the same challenges its industry faces.

Most large, publicly held for-profit chains have left the Association of Private Sector College and Universities (APSCU) in the last year or so. And officials with the association said they have begun restructuring and …

Jul/15/2015 - 7:37pm

Career College Central Summary:

While veterans and their families continue to flock to the Post-9/11 GI Bill — with use rising 4.7 percent in fiscal 2014 — the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit, generally intended for those on active duty, appears to have plunged 16 percent.

Comparing Defense Department information with prior-year data, …

Jul/14/2015 - 7:34pm

Career College Central Summary:

Some of the largest for-profit college companies — including, last month, DeVry and Kaplan — have recently left the industry's main trade group, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU). The defections have come amid a rapid decline in the reputations and fortunes of many for-profit colleges — and the …

Jul/14/2015 - 7:28pm

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Coding bootcamps and similar intensive computer science training programs could be the next frontier in the for-profit education world.

While private lenders have fallen over themselves in marketing their loans as strong investments for prospective students, the Department of Education has considered ways to offer federal student aid to the nontraditional programs.

Traditional for-profit …

Jul/14/2015 - 7:22pm

Career College Central Summary:

It’s a term that sounds like a form of street crime: “Snatch and grab.”

At Miami’s FastTrain College, that’s how some employees described the recruiting of students. Prosecutors say FastTrain’s recruiters, some of them former exotic dancers, would drive around poor neighborhoods trying to cajole the men on street corners or at bus …

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