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Department of Education, 6/2/11

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Link to the final regulations released by the Department of Education. There is also some explanation of the regulations and the Department's reasoning. There is a significant amount of analysis of the regulations as well.

Mark Kantrowitz analysis

Coalition for Educational Success statement

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/1/11

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Commentary by Michael Hillyard, a higher-education consultant and a former president of two for-profit institutions, that focuses on ways to monitor for-profit institutions. He argues, "if regulation and accreditation standards are enforced, the result should be that good companies will survive, with the few bad actors cleaning up their acts or shutting down." The piece includes a list of key indicators of quality that might be used to evaluate colleges and universities.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Kara M. Cheseby, March 2011

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This report for the Competitive Enterprise Institute analyzes the impact of the proposed gainful employment regulations on career colleges. It argues, "[t]he gainful employment proposal represents a philosophical shift in the country’s approach to higher education, from one of creating opportunity and choice for as many students as possible to micromanaging students’ career paths by dictating that only tuition price reductions and specifi c near-term salary results make a post-secondary education at a career college worthwhile."

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 3/1/11

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CREW wrote Duncan to follow-up their January 19, 2011 request for an investigation into the role played by hedge fund managers and other outside interest in the formulation of regulations. CREW included a large number of emails provided by the Department in response to a FOIA request. These emails include evidence of collusion between senior Department officials and short sellers including a planned leak of the proposed gainful employment regulations in July 2010.

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 3/1/11

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CREW's letter to Robert Khuzami of the Security and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement builds on their February 9, 2011 request for an investigation into "whether certain hedge fund managers have been illegally manipulating the market price of stock in the for-profit education industry."

This letter includes a large number of email messages between short sellers and the Department of Education provided by the Department as part of a FOIA request.

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Higher Ed Watch, 2/22/11

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Blog post by Craig Smith, deputy director of higher education for the Ameican Federation of Teachers, covering the Kline amendment ending funding to implement the proposed gainful employment regulations. Smith asserts that the amendment's supporters used "the same old spin and misdirection that the for-profit higher education industry has put out for the past year."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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American Council on Education, 2/16/11

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ACE wrote a letter signed by more than 70 higher education organizations requesting that Duncan "immediately rescind this definition from the final regulations." The letter iindicates that their opposition stems from the fact that "Department of Education has federalized a basic academic concept and, at the same time, developed a complex, ambiguous and unworkable definition."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Washington Post, 2/19/11

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Almost all the House Republicans and 58 House Democrats voted to block funding for implementing the gainful employment regulations. The surprising number of Democratic supporters "illuminated sharp divisions among Democrats weeks before the administration is expected to unveil the final version of a rule advocates say will help ensure that for-profit schools prepare students for 'gainful employment.'" 

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 2/3/11

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Letter of support for the proposed gainful employment rules sent to Secretary Duncan. This group represents 200 national organizations. Their letter states, "We support the approach in the proposed rule, which makes program eligibilty under Title IV contingent on median student debt-to-income ratios and repayment rates. Such markers are sound proxies for meaningful preparation for employment".

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 2/9/11

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This letter to Robert Khuzami, Director of the Division of Enforcment at the Securities and Exchange Commission asks for an investigation "into the short-selling activities of hedge fund managers to determine if they have been illegally manipulating the market price of stock in the for-profit education industry." CREW bases its request on evidence collected from the public record (mainly the HELP Committee hearings) and documents obtained under the FOIA from the Department of Education. CREW forwarded several of the documents they obtained as exibits to this letter.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Coalition for Educational Success, 1/31/11

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This press release contains the Coalition's response to the recent announcement of Senate HELP committee hearings on career schools scheduled for February 17, 2011. The Coalition calls on the committee to "consider the substantial opposition to the Department of Education’s proposed gainful employment regulation, and investigate controversies swirling around the Department’s rulemaking process and a now-discredited Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of the career college sector."

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Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, 1/21/11

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"This lawsuit challenges three of the Department's regulations that are particularly harmful to students, school employees and schools and that are well beyond the Department's regulatory authority under the Higher Education Act ('HEA') and, in some cases, the Constitution." These regulations include: compensation, misrepresentation, and state authorization. The APSCU sent a letter requesting a voluntary stay of the regulations scheduled to take effect July 1, 2011 or requesting an injunction.

The APSCU issued a press release explaining the action on January 21st.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman