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Inside Higher Education, 1/15/12

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In a December court filing in the legal challenge brought by APSCU, the Departement "acknowledged using flawed data in a study on the impact of race on student loan repayment rates, having omitted black students from its calculation." The exclusion led the Department to conclude that the "racial composition of students was not a statistically significant contributor to how an institution stacks up on loan repayments."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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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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Inside Higher Ed, 5/4/11

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News coverage of two separate regulatory actions. First, the Department of Education forwarded a revised version of the controversial gainful employment rules to the White House. This is the first step in the final publication process.

At the same time, the Department announced that it would start rule-making focused "on teacher preparation and student loans."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Department of Education, 4/20/11

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This letter clarifies the Department's approach to enforcing the requirement that distance learning programs have state authorization in the state where the student lives in order to maintain Title IV eligibility. APSCU and other organizations requested a delay in implementing this rule for a variety of reasons. The Department wrote that it will not "initiate any action to establish repayment liabilities or limit student eligibility for distance education activiites undertaken before July 1, 2014, so long as the instituttion is making good faith efforts" to secure state authorization.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Representative John Kline, 2/14/11

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Text of the amendment to the continuing spending bill for fiscal year 2011 offered by Representative Kline (R-MN). The amendment would prevent spending to implement the gainful employment regulation. Several members cosponsored the amendment, including Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 1/31/11

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Letter from Representatives Virginia Foxx and John Kline to Duncan expressing concern that the proposed gainful employment regulation does not comply with the Data Quality Act (DQA). This Act requires that regulations that meet the OMB's definition of "influential information" are subject to the requirement that outside entities can reproduce the data. Since no one has access to the underlying data, however, this reproduction is impossible.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/25/11

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At the annual CHEA conference, Representative Virgina Foxx (R-NC) said that "one of her priorities for higher education in the new session of Congress would be to question the amount and scope of regulation that the U.S. Education Department applies to colleges." She will particularly consider the forthcoming gainful employment regulations in this light.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Inside Higher Education, 1/26/11

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Two of the highest profile government speakers at the CHEA conference focused on issues central to private-sector schools. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) expressed doubts about the wisdom of the Department of Education's recent regulatory changes. She "also promised that the committee would hold 'several hearings a week,' many focused on 'whether the federal government's role in higher education can be fulfilled by the states.'"

Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education, indicated that the forthcoming final rules on gainful employment may be significantly different than the previous version. He said, that "The regulations as they come out will be significantly different, better," and "people will appreciate their suggestions having been listened to."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, 12/22/10

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Link to a good summary of the final regulations which contains links to NAICU documents about the organization's concerns with those regulations. Obviously, the summary and concerns relate most to private not-for-profit colleges, NAICU's members.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman