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Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/2/12

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On Saturday, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued a decision that vacacted several provisions of the Gainful Employment regulations released by the Department of Education last year. The decision in a suit brought by the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities found that the two debt repayment measures in the regulations were "arbitrary and capricious." In addition, the ruling vacated a requirement to submit data related to the debt calculation as well as a requirement to seek Department approval for all new programs.

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The Bay Citizen, 4/5/12

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News story about the fact that 130 vocational schools continue to operate in California even though their state approval expired. The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, established in 2010, is responsible for approving private vocational schools in the state. However, the Bureau indicated that "limited staffing prevented them from cracking down."

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/4/12

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News brief regarding a new report from the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General that found that the small Catholic school should return $42 million in Title IV funds received between 2005 and 2010. The audit reached this conclusion by finding that more than 50% of the institution's students were enrolled in correspondence courses. The audit defined the online courses as correspondence courses in this case.

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Inside Higher Ed, 3/21/12

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Jack Conway, the Kentucky Attorney General and leader of a joint investigation by 23 state attorneys general, revealed some of the areas the group intends to pursue during a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. In the absence of election-year federal action, these state investigations are the primary way that governments are addressing practices at private sector colleges. However, thus far they have declined to "take on" one of the sector's major players.

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San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6/12

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News coverage of a California law that ties institutional participation in an important state aid program. While no public schools were affected by the law, "40 percent of California's 'private career colleges' do. Of 165 such campuses in this state, 67 have three-year default rates of at least 24.6 percent, the legal cutoff."

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/21/11

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The Department of Defense is increasing scrutiny of the online educational programs used by members of the active military. Starting in January, the department will require distance-education programs receiving tuition-assistance benefits to submit to an independent, third-party review" similar to those required for programs on military bases. This move, however, did not appease Congress and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) "will conduct a second hearing on the military's tuition-assistance program."

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/19/11

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The Department of Education recently informed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that the "commission is still not in compliance with some rules and is asking the accreditor to further deal with its concerns by January 12." This is the latest notification in a process dating to June 2011, when the Department found that the new general education requirements at Northern Kentucky University did not meet SACS' own standards and that the accreditor did not have procedures in place to respond to faculty complaints about the new curriculum.

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Higher Ed Watch, 8/13/11

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Blog coverage of the action by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to require "ATI to immediately cease enrolling new students and come up with a plan to allow current students to complete their programs." The TWC accused ATI, which operates 16 campuses in Texas, of overreporting job placement rates. The school can appeal the decision and also challenge the move in court.

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US District Court for the District of Columbia, 7/12/11

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A federal court ruling in respoinse to a lawsuit filed by APSCU in January 2011 invalidated the "state authorization" regulation for online programs. The lawsuit challenged three portions of the new regulations: state authorization, the ban on incentive compensation, and the misrepresentation rules. The judge upheld the other two rules.

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Apollo Group, Inc., 7/11/11

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Link to an SEC filing by Apollo that reports that the Special Committee formed by the HLC to review allegations of misrepresentation at the University of Phoenix "completed its work, concluding that based on its limited review, it found no apparent evidence of systematic misrepresentations to students or that University of Phoenix’s procedures in the areas of recruiting, financial aid and admissions are significantly inadequate or inappropriate."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Inside Higher Ed, 5/26/11

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Commentary by Daniel J. Solove, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, on the implications of the proposed gainful employment regulations on transparency. His argument starts from the provision of actual earnings data to ED by the Social Security Administration. This data will not be accessible by the public or the institutions.

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Norton Norris, 5/24/11

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Press release covering the release of internal emails confirming that the GAO's investigation of enrollment practices at for-profit schools was rushed and the subject of pressure from Congressional staffers. This report, originally released in August 2010 and amended in November 2010, formed the basis for many federal government attacks on the sector.

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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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Bloomberg.com, 4/28/11

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News report concering a potential investigation by the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General into "whether short-sellers, wholook to profit when stock prices fall, found out about the draft regulations before they were publicly announced." Since the OIG does not confirm or deny investigations, the article is based on an unnamed source.

 

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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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