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Medtech College and PlattForm Earn ‘Stevie Award’ for Marketing Team of the Year

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Among its wins, Medtech received an award for “Marketing Team of the Year” based on its inventive and enduring partnership with PlattForm as its primary agency of record. The award represents another highlight for the two companies, among the day in and day out victories of reaching prospective students with the ultimate …

Sale of Wyotech Career College Concerns Casey

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said he wants answers about the future of WyoTech, a career college in Indiana County that went on the market this month under an agreement with the federal Department of Education.

Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit parent company of WyoTech, enrolls about 72,000 students at campuses across the country …

Creative Destruction

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Higher education suffers from Baumol’s disease—the tendency of costs to soar in labour-intensive sectors with stagnant productivity. Whereas the prices of cars, computers and much else have fallen dramatically, universities, protected by public-sector funding and the premium employers place on degrees, have been able to charge ever more for the same service. …

A Devry Veteran On E-Learning’s Future, Disruption, Starbucks and ‘Bad Apples’

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In a recent presentation, DeVry CEO Daniel Hamburger said that turning around DeVry University is his top priority. What happened, and what changes are in the works?

Pauldine: Enrollments across all higher education are soft, and we're no exception. There was a correction that started around 2011. We're probably in the third or …

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

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Elite schools like to boast that they teach their students how to think, but all they mean is that they train them in the analytic and rhetorical skills that are necessary for success in business and the professions. Everything is technocratic—the development of expertise—and everything is ultimately justified in technocratic terms.

Experience itself …

Anthem College Closing in St. Louis

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Anthem College has several hundred students split between two area campuses in St. Louis area, one in Maryland Heights another in Fenton. Students say they got word last week after an email was sent out. Some say they worry their credits may be lost, others say they have complete faith in Anthem.

"I …

Senate Panel Boosts Pentagon Research, Curbs Funding to For-Profits

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[The Senate Appropriations Committee] approved a provision, pushed by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, that would place a new restriction on some of the federal military benefits that are used at for-profit colleges. Durbin's language would change the so-called "90/10 rule" that caps for-profit colleges' receipt of grants and loans …

Art Institute’s Costly Saga Of Trying To Open In CT

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The Art Institute of Connecticut (AIC), through its Pittsburgh, Pa., parent Education Management Corp., invested in cookware and appliances, desktop personal computers and wide-screen graphics workstations, phone sets, office furniture, a new elevator, wall art and other furnishings — expenditures estimated at more than $2.5 million. Much of it was brand new …

The Important Difference Between For-profit and Nonprofit Colleges

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Robert Shireman: I am sympathetic to the instinct to ignore the question of whether a college is accountable to owners (for-profit), or, alternatively, is answerable to a financially disinterested board (nonprofit or public). While there is a higher incidence of problematic behavior at for-profit colleges, there are also nonprofit and public institutions …

Dropping Profit

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Declining revenues and an ongoing regulatory crackdown has led to speculation that some in the sector — including one of the major, publicly traded companies — will go nonprofit to get out of the crosshairs.

Yet that transition isn’t easy or practical for most for-profits. Just four have successfully changed their tax status …

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