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Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/29/12

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New story covering the approach taken by New Charter University, a private sector online school. The model combines elements of Western Governors University's competency model with affordable tuition. In fact, the tuition is "$796 per semester, or $199 a month, for as many classes as they can finish." According to the founder, Gene Wade, avoiding the loan system is important due to "financial-aid regulatory problems that arise with self-paced models that aren't based on seat time."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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The Atlantic, 3/19/12

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This column by Marty Nemko of the University of California argues that instead of reducing the amount of federal financial aid flowing to schools, the system should be fundamentally changed. This change would tie the amount of available financial aid to student outcomes: "[schools] should be required to demonstrate freshman-to-senior growth in learning and employability that even minimally justifies the four to eight years, enormous cost, and risk of not graduating."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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USA Today, 3/20/12

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News coverage of recent moves by community colleges in several areas of the country to reduce costs by cutting programs. Some of these programs are popular and many directly impact adult learners. The cuts come as states slash funding for the schools even as the Obama administration calls on them to increase degree production and training for displaced workers.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Inside Higher Ed, 3/20/12

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News coverage of Rasmussen College, a smaller private sector school that remained out of the news and continued growing, "increasing enrollment to a total headcount of 15,600 from 9,500 three years ago," during the recent recession. This same recession led to reduced enrollments at the more visible and larger companies such as Apollo Group, Education Management Corporation, and Kaplan.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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The New Republic, 3/13/12

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In this commentary, Kevin Carey of the thinktank Education Sector argues that we are now seeing the first cracks in the long-standing monopoly on providing higher education credentials. Carey points to initiatives such as Udacity and StraighterLine as potentially "disruptive innovations" that change the face of higher education.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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New York Times, 3/1/12

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The article reviews problems at public technical colleges and universities related to declining state funding. Many of these schools are closing or restricting programs in technical, engineering and health care disciplnes even as these are some of the few areas with good employment prospects.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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The Atlantic Monthly, 1/17/12

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Commentary on the lack of useful information available to consumers about colleges and universities and the consequences of this lack. The author argues that focusing on issues not directly relevant to excellent undergraduate teaching is the result of a lack of consumer information. This paucity of information also contributes to the rising cost of college.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/17/12

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Commentary by Richard Vedder highlighting 12 of the shortcomings evident in American higher education. Vedder focuses on traditional institutions in his comments. The shortcomings include: 

"Most Students Do Not Graduate on Time"

"Colleges Hide (or Don’t Collect) Vital Consumer Information"

"Colleges Are Run to Benefit Staff Often More Than Students"

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Boston Globe, 1/15/12

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Article summarizing arguments against the support Romney offered to Full Sail University. The criticism focuses on Romney's comments that these schools "hold down the cost" of higher education and do not saddle students with debt. Many statistics indicate that schools like Full Sail are not cheaper to students than other schools and that debt loads among for-profit students are greater than those of not-for-profit students.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/13/11

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This news article covers recent legal and regulatory actions against private sector colleges including Career Education Corporation and National College in Kentucky. Several law schools have been involved in similar action as well. Most important, "[t]he lawsuits are also raising doubts about regulators' ability to detect job-placement fraud. In many of the recent cases involving for-profits, the alleged deception went unnoticed by the state agencies and accreditors overseeing the colleges."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Inside Higher Ed, 10/27/11

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Commentary by editor Doug Lederman arguing that there are clear reasons that true innovation has not touched higher education in the United States. "The real innovation – in price, in ease of use, in access – will occur when our colleges and universities face some real competition, and that will only come when we allow some new, entrepreneurial providers into the market." Lederman suggests creating a "demonstration program" allowing selected education providers to offer courses for credit and Title IV aid, even if they are not accredited.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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USA Today, 10/27/11

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Article covering the increasing use of higher education credentials by firefighters seeking to advance to leadership positions. More schools offer degree programs tailored for the 336,000 career firefighters in the country.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Inside Higher Ed, 10/28/11

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Link to an article covering an experimental program launched by the Department of Education allowing eight selected community colleges and private sector colleges to limit the amount their students can borrow in some federal loans. "Colleges accepted as experimental sites can try out changes to financial aid programs usually not otherwise permitted by the Higher Education Act."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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The Atlantic, 9/26/11

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Article that argues that Apollo Group's purchase of Carnegie Learning, a provider of adaptive computer tutorials for math, presents a challenge to traditional universities unwilling to innovate. "In all industries it's hard to convince successful incumbents that innovations at the low end of the market really matter."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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The Atlantic, 9/26/11

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This article argues that the college admission market is broken because consumers lack information useful to making an intelligent choice among providers. "But without better information about quality and costs, too many college students will continue to make bad investment decisions, harming both their own economic prospects and those of the country."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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New York Times, 9/21/11

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This Op-Ed, written by Hollister K. Petraeus, assistant director for service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and wife of David H. Petraeus and timed to coincide with new hearings on the military tuition assistance benefit, describes predatory practices by private-sector universities. Specifically, the piece argues that because military funds are not considered Title IV aid for the 90/10 rule, the situation "gives for-profit colleges an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform, and to use aggressive marketing to draw them in and take out private loans, which students often need because the federal grants are insufficient to cover the full cost of tuition and related expenses."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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