Friday
Aug052011

Education Sector Report on Debt and Graduation

Document:

Education Sector, 8/3/11

Summary:

Kevin Carey, policy director at Education Sector, authored a new report that integrates analysis of debt and graduation rates. Education Sector's explanation indicates that the authors "created a new, comprehensive measure, the 'borrowing-to-credential ratio.' For each college, [the authors] have taken newly available U.S. Department of Education data showing the total amount of money borrowed by undergraduates and divided that sum by the total number of degrees awarded."

Friday
Aug052011

Career Education Facing Additional Scrutiny

Document:

Chicago Tribune, 8/5/11

Summary:

Link to an article covering admission by Career Education Corp. that some campuses "improperly reported statistics about how successful students are at finding jobs after graduation." The admission relates to evidence uncovered during an internal investigation while preparing a "response to a subpoena issued in May by the New York attorney general."

Friday
Aug052011

Degrees Still Pay

Document:

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 8/4/11

Summary:

New report from Anthony Carnevale and the team at CEW analyzing "what else besidesa degree might influence an individual’s potential earnings." They investigated degree attainment, occupation, age, race, and gender and found that, in addition to degree earned, race and occupation influence lifetime earnings.

Friday
Aug052011

Texas Revokes License of ATI Enterprises

Document:

Higher Ed Watch, 8/13/11

Summary:

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.

Thursday
Jul282011

Kentucky Accuses Daymar College of Fraud

Document:

Commonwealth of Kentucky, 7/26/11

Summary:

This lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Attorney General accuses Daymar College of accepting students that do not meet its own academic standards, failing to inform students about the limits on the transferability of their credits, and preventing students from buying textbooks from other vendors.

Wednesday
Jul272011

Grassley Questions Department About Short Sellers

Document:

Senator Charles Grassley, 7/26/11

Summary:

Letter from Grassley (R-IO), ranking Republican on the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary, to Secretary Duncan expressing concern about reports that Department officials had contact with investors during the NPRM process. He wrote, "My concerns center on the possibility that senior Department of Education staffers may have provided information to  short sellers during the time leading up to the public release of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the recently finalized 'gainful employment' rule."

Wednesday
Jul272011

Multiple Paths to Success

Document:

Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/26/11

Summary:

Link to a column by Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson that argues that the need for post secondary education in the American economy does not limit that education to bachelor's degrees. Arguing for an approach based on realism and pragmatism, they state, "The valuable opportunities provided by open-access postsecondary institutions do encourage the ambitions of many youth, but may shield some of them from the reality of what happens to many students when they actually enroll in these institutions—and at the same time diminish incentives to prepare academically while in high school."

Wednesday
Jul272011

Chicago State Gamed Retention Statistics

Document:

Chicago Tribune, 7/25/11

Summary:

Link to a story covering a Tribune investigation of students at Chicago State University that asserts the college intentionally allowed failing students to remain at the institution.

Friday
Jul222011

Harkin Hosts Roundtable Discussion

Document:

US Senate HELP Committee, 7/21/11

Summary:

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.

Wednesday
Jul132011

Federal Court Strikes Down State Authorization Rule

Document:

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

Summary:

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.

Wednesday
Jul132011

Debate About Frontline "Educating Sergeant Pantzke"

Document:

Frontline, "College's Statements," July 2011

PBS Ombudsman, 7/8/11

Summary:

The Frontline website includes a section with written responses from the four schools profiled in the piece. These responses generally criticize the program for airing a skewed report.

The PBS Ombudsman published a column discussing the Frontline story and the ethics behind it. The ombudsman concludes: "I would give it a lower grade [than an A] for the journalistic presentation of the Westwood segment, but I stop short of agreeing that they violated PBS editorial guidelines." However, the Ombudsman also includes the GAO report as evidence of wrong-doing by the schools.

Tuesday
Jul122011

HLC Committee: No Systematic Misrepresentation

Document:

Apollo Group, Inc., 7/11/11

Summary:

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."

Monday
Jul112011

Coalition for Educational Success Opinion on Gainful Employment

Document:

Politico.com, 7/8/11

Summary:

Link to an opinion piece by two of the Coalition for Educational Success's board members, Thomas H. Kean and Edward G. Rendell. The article recounts participation on a panel of higher education leaders trying to understand the impact of the new Gainful Employment regulations for career colleges.

Monday
Jul112011

House Committees Publicize Opposition to Gainful Employment

Document:

Inside Higher Ed, 7/11/11

Summary:

Link to a news summary of a hearing conducted by the postsecondary education panel of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending. The Republican members of the committees called the hearing and used the forum to express opposition to the new regulations and promise to continue fighting them.

Tuesday
Jul052011

Kline's Subcommittee to Hold Hearing

Document:

US House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, June 2011

Summary:

Link to the information page for a hearing titled "The Gainful Employment Regulation: Limiting Job Growth and Student Choice" to be held on July 8, 2011. This will be a joint hearing with The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.

Thursday
Jun302011

Opposition to More Adult College Students

Document:

Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/28/11

Summary:

Link to an opinion piece by Frank Donoghue that argues against the conclusions of a recent report from the Center for Law and Social Policy. This report concluded that since the number of high school graduates and new traditional-aged college students will decline in the next decade, the US economy needs more adults to start, and more importantly, complete college degrees. Donoghue disagrees that the economy is dependent on more college graduates and that everyone should be encouraged to attend college. He also opposes the idea because private sector colleges are better positioned to educate adults than public and private traditional colleges.

Thursday
Jun302011

Department of Education FAQ on Gainful Employment

Document:

Information for Financial Aid Professionals, June 2011

Summary:

Link to a FAQ document maintained by the Department of Education covering issues related to the new gainful employment regulations.

Thursday
Jun302011

Government Assault on Private Sector Colleges

Document:

The Objective Standard, Summer 2011

Summary:

Link to a good summary story covering the recent regulatory actions taken by the feeral government. The article argues that "certain individuals and agencies in the U.S. government are seeking to cripple and destroy these schools via an assault that includes fraud, collusion, and defamation."

Thursday
Jun302011

US Needs 20 Million More College Educated Workers

Document:

Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2011

Summary:

Report written by Anthony P. Carnevale and Stephen J. Rose that argues the United States has been underproducing college graduates since 1980. This situation led to "two distinct problems: a problem of efficiencyand a problem of equity." This means that the US economy has not been as efficient and productive as it could have been and the lack of graduates exacerbated the income disparity between high school and college graduates.

Wednesday
Jun222011

Report Finds Low-income Students Overrepresented at For-profits

Document:

Institute for Higher Education Policy, June 2011

Summary:

New report that finds that "poverty still matters a great deal in terms of the types of institutions at which young adults are initially enrolling."