Week in Review

Jan/06/2015 - 7:38pm

Career College Central Summary:

Changes are coming soon to many of New Jersey's for-profit colleges.

The U.S. Department of Education has introduced new federal regulations to protect students at career colleges from becoming burdened by student loan debt.

If the institutions don't improve their outcomes for students, they risk losing access to federal student aid, which accounts for …

Jan/06/2015 - 7:31pm

Career College Central Summary:

Over the past year, we’ve heard many horrendous stories from current and former employees about the deceptive practices used by for-profit colleges to attract students. Now, one such employee is being compensated after she says she was fired from the college she worked at because she brought attention to the school’s allegedly …

Jan/06/2015 - 12:32am

Career College Central Summary:

Herzing University, a for-profit educator that operates campuses in eight states and enrolls about 6,000 students, said on Friday that it had transitioned to nonprofit status, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The move means Herzing will no longer be subject to the oversight of Wisconsin’s Educational Approval Board, which two years ago floated …

Jan/06/2015 - 12:27am

Career College Central Summary:

What do you do when you don’t have Congress? Keep the regulations coming.

The Obama administration is preparing another active year of executive action in 2015, pumping out new rules and enforcing others for the first time — setting tougher standards on everything from air pollution to overtime pay to net neutrality, food …

Jan/06/2015 - 12:19am

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A December report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan congressional watchdog agency, criticized National Accreditation agencies for making few useful distinctions between colleges with weak student outcomes and their counterparts with high outcomes assessment. 

There are eight Regional Accreditation agencies that govern mainly academically-oriented, non-profit schools. Five National Accreditation agencies govern …

Jan/06/2015 - 12:13am

Career College Central Summary:

One of the country’s largest for-profit education companies has agreed to pay the federal government $1.3 million to resolve a lawsuit originating from its San Antonio campuses that alleged it hired unqualified instructors.

The Justice Department’s settlement with Kaplan Education Services resolves a lawsuit filed in 2012 by whistleblower Leslie Coleman, acting U.S. …

Jan/02/2015 - 8:02pm

Career College Central Summary:

What will 2015 bring for the for-profit college industry?

A major factor in the prognosis will be federal regulation. While a Republican-controlled Congress should help block an aggressive regulatory push by the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment rule is set to take effect in July. The rule establishes minimum …

Jan/02/2015 - 7:57pm

Career College Central Summary:

Concern about the impact on students factored into a federal judge's decision to deny two hedge funds' attempt to block a debt restructuring deal for Education Management Corp., even though she said their claims had merit.

In an amended order filed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan explained why, two …

Jan/02/2015 - 7:42pm

Career College Central Summary:

I’ve been inundated with questions from concerned readers over the last few months about the tactics that student loan consolidation companies have been using to recruit customers and borrowers. The concerns are simple yet scary: are these promises too good to be true? They want money up front, I’m worried? XYZ Company …

Jan/02/2015 - 7:27pm

Career College Central Summary:

When Nijay Williams entered college last fall as a first-generation student and Jamaican immigrant, he was—despite being admitted to the school—academically unprepared for the rigors of higher education. Like many first-generation students, he enrolled in a medium-sized state university many of his high school peers were also attending, received a Pell grant, …

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