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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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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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US Senate HELP Committee, 7/21/11

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Harkin's committee hosted a roundtable discussion with supporters and opponents of private-sector colleges and universities. They discussed several issues in terms of possible solutions. Harkin indicated he will push to include military education aid in the 90% federal dollars rule. He also indicated that he would attempt to limit the share of federal aid schools can use to market to prospective students. Daniel Hamburger, President and CEO of DeVry, Inc. attended the meeting.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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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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Roll Call, 5/1/11

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Opinion piece by Senator Harkin, Chairman of the Senate HELP Committe. The piece argues that the vulnerable students served by many for-profit colleges and univerisities deserve protection from the abuses the HELP Committee has uncovered. While some for-profit schools serve an important purose, "the federal government must be vigilant to ensure that poor-performing for-profit schools with huge dropout and student-default rates are not allowed to continue to receive billions of dollars in federal taxpayer subsidies each year. I am determined to draft legislation to reform federal oversight of for-profit higher education."

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Senator Michael Enzi, 4/28/11

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Senator Enzi, the ranking Republican member of the HELP Committee wrote Duncan to request the release of "all Department of Education written correspondence, e-mail or otherwise regarding the development of the proposed gainful employment regulations." Enzi made this request in light of allegations and limited evidence of contact between investors and Department staff during the rulemaking process.

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Letter to Harkin, 4/13/11

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Letter signed by ten Repubican members of the Senate HELP committee asking Chairman Harkin to postpoine the hearing set for May 10, 2011 and work with the Republicans to find solutions for all colleges. The letter criticizes the committee majority for producing "four disorganized and prejudicial hearings, which have been most remarkable for a concerning lack of objectivity or any clear goal."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Washington Times, 4/18/11

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News coverage of dispute between Republican and Democratic members of Senator Harkin's committee as the minority questions Harkin's approach to private-sector colleges. In addition to questioning the entire hearing approach, "Republicans are also questioning the accuracy of statements made by some witnesses Democrats called in previous hearings."

The article refers to a letter from the committee's Republican members asking Harkin to cancel the scheduled May hearing.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/10/11

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News coverage of the Senate HELP Committee hearings on March 10, 2011. Democratic committee members spent a signficant amount of time questioning Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Ashford's accreditor, about the decision to continue the accrditation of Franciscan College of the Priairies after the purchase by Bridegpoint Education.

"Republicans, who have accused Mr. Harkin of conducting a witch hunt against for-profit colleges while overlooking problems in the nonprofit sector, boycotted the hearing."

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New York Times, 3/10/11

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News article covering the Senate HELP Committee hearing that presented a "case study" of Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University. The main contention of Senator Harkin and the committee was that the educational failures of the University did not prevent huge financial success for the investors.

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The Hill.com, 3/9/11

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Blog post by Larry Edward Penley, past president of Colorado State University and past dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, that argues that the true motives behind Sentaor Harkin's hearings is to portray private-sector colleges in the worst possible light. Penley directly addresses the hearing on Bridgepoint Education, scheduled for March 10, 2011.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office, 3/1/2011

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Report to the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security covering the GAO's analysis of the Department of Defense's management of their tuition assistance program. One of the key problems identified by the report was that DOD focuses oversight on campus-based programs operating on military bases. This policy needs to change in light of the rapid growth of online programs for members of the military. The report concludes, "Increased oversight is needed to remedy gaps in the accountability of the quality review process and the process to address complaints against schools."

Senator Harkin issued a press release regarding this report and the plan for hearings by the Subcommittee.

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Senator Thomas Carper, 2/23/11

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Senator Carper (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security announced a hearing focusing on the state of the Department of Defense's Tuition Assistance Program. The hearing is set for March 2 and Senator Harkin is scheduled as an important 

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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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