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Coalition for Educational Success, Jenner & Block, 1/18/11

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Letter to the Department of Justice refusing to forfeit the right to receive documents from the Department of Education. This is the latest battle in the FOIA request to which the Department of Education was required to respond on November 26, 2010. The Department has not responded to date.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 1/19/11

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Blog post by Watchdog group CREW announcing their letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan demanding an investigation into the role played by "hedge fund managers and outside interest groups" in the formulation of recent regulations targeting the for-profit sector. "CREW sought emails and other records regarding interactions between Education officials and Wall Street investors." CREW sued for the documents after Education refused to share and these documents form the basis of their allegations.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Coalition for Educational Success, 1/13/11

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The Coalition commissioned marketing research firm Norton|Norris, Inc. to review the GAO report from November 30, 2010 and compare the findings with the actual audio recordings. "As a result of our review, we believe that the conclusions reached are not valid. Other top-level findings demonstrate a clear bias on behalf of the GAO." The review's authors assert that the GAO made mistakes because the agency does not understand education and indicated that five of the audio recordings made during the mystery shopping are missing from the public record.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Chicago Tribune, 1/10/11

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The Coalition of Educational Success, an organization that includes career colleges as members sued the US Department of Education over the use of a GAO report released in August 2010 and updated November 30, 2010. "Suspecting that errors and biases still permeate the revised report, the coalition sued the DOE in U.S. District Court in Washington, accusing the department of 'wrongfully withholding records by failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.' The original FOIA request, filed Oct. 15, sought documents, including tapes, videos and notes related to the GAO report, according to the lawsuit."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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MercuryNews.com, 1/5/11

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Opinion piece by Harris Miller, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, that outlines the APSCU's points of opposition to the proposed Gainful Employment regulations. Miller highlights the likely effects related to the Obama administration's goal of increasing college graduates.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Bloomberg.com, 12/29/10

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News story covering efforts by John Sperling, Executive Chairman of Apollo Group, to sway administration officials and legislators as their attack on the University of Phoenix contributed to a steep decline in share price. Sperling claimed that his lobbying efforts "galvanized opposition to the proposed regulations and set the stage for a battle in the next Congress between the Obama administration and ascendant Republicans."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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San Francisco Chronicle, 12/19/10

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Harris Miller, CEO of the APSCU, wrote an editorial for the Chronicle that argued against the recent regulations, particularly the gainful employment rules. He wrote, "For the United States to lead the world again in higher education, our country must marshal resources from all our educational institutions, especially those that can expand capacity quickly with targeted programs."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Coalition for Educational Success, 12/16/10

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Letter from the Lanny Davis of the Coalition for Educational Success to Senator Tom Harkin about the GAO report errors. Davis writes, "It is wrong and unfair, now as it ever was, for the report to be used as the basis for any policy, particularly a policy that unjustly singles out for‐profit schools and not all of higher education."

 

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, 12/8/10

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The APSCU identified "negligent practicies" and called for the GAO to place the shopping research in a broader context by releasing more information, releasing the full videotapes of the interactions, and ending the practice of using "disingenuous prompts" in mystery shopping exercises.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Huffington Post, 12/6/10

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Opinion piece by Randy Proto that calls for accountability measures such as the gainful employment regulations to apply to all schools in order to make them more accountable. Targeting such measures at only a subset of American higher education will not improve accountability or transparency.  The piece argues, "If there are good regulations that promote accountability and transparency, then all students at all institutions and all taxpayers should benefit from them. All of us should be very wary of anyone who doesn't favor universal transparency and accountability; that's usually a signal that they're just protecting their own turf."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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BusinessWire.com, 11/29/10

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Press release about a meeting held betweeen the Coalition for Educational Success and representatives of the Department of Education. The Coalition presented several questions regarding the delayed Gainful Employment regulations and argued "it would only make sense to defer to Congress on crafting an informed and fair approach to reforming higher education."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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The Heritage Foundation, 10/13/10

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Link to a video of a panel discussion of the Obama administration's regulatory efforts. "Whether it’s through new, powerful state accrediting authority, federal definitions of credit hours, or what amounts to price controls imposed through gainful employment measures, the Obama Administration appears intent on limiting the growth of for-profit colleges."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Randy Proto, October 2010

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Article by Randy Proto, President of American Institute, addressing the proposed gainful employment regulations. Proto supports the concept of making metrics available to students, but criticizes this particular approach because it does not include all the important variables and excludes not-for-profit schools.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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