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Letter to College Board, 4/14/11

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Letter summarizing suggestions by a group of financial aid experts on ways to reduce the cost of the program while improving the program's progress towards its main objectives. The group made five short-term recommendations:

1. Define full-time enrollment to correspond to on-time completion.

2. Limit years of eligibility.

3. Provide greater distinction in award amounts among those students currently designated to automatically receive the maximum Pell award.

4. Alter the Pell eligibility formula without making the aid process more complicated for students.

5. Refine eligibility requirements.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Inside Higher Ed, 4/14/11

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Leaders at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) introduced plans to redesign their peer review process citing federal pressure to change regional accreditation. Proposals included outside financial auditors for publicly traded education companies, making institutional findings letters public, and requiring member schools to measure progress towards their learning outcomes and compare these measures to those of peers. 

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Inside Higher Ed, 4/11/11

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News coverage of comments made by Robert Shireman at Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Academic Resource Conference. Shireman, who left the Department of Education in July 2010, "offered a relatively evenhanded appraisal of the sector."

WASC has an audio recording of the panel session.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Baltimore Business Journal, 4/6/11

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News article covering the passage by the Maryland House of a bill that would regulate for-profit schools in the state. "The bill would require for-profit and career schools to report things like enrollment numbers and graduation and retention rates, which other Maryland private and public schools are already required to do."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, 4/1/11

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Legal response by the APSCU to the Department of Education's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The document argues for several legal points, including the need for action now, in advance of the regulations taking effect, because "the regulations are currently forcing schools to alter fundamentally their operations and incur undeniable regulatory burdens in order to bring themselves into compliance by the July 1, 2011 effective date."

The APSCU included two supporting exihibits. Exhibit 1 includes the Dear Colleague Letters published in March to clarify the regulations. Exibit 2 includes a statement from Clark D. Elwood, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer of ITT Educational Services, Inc. regarding the regulatory burden of the state authorization rule.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/20/11

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Commentary piece arguing that the unprecedented expansion of the Pell Grant program to an anticipated $44 billion next year encouraged Congress to seek increasing oversight and influence over how the money is spent. This, in turn, led to the proposed gainful employment regulations. The author argues that "Once the government starts asking such new kinds of questions, it generally doesn't stop asking."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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American Council on Education, 3/10/11

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Letter from ACE representing more than 70 organizations requesting assistance from Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) in "obtaining a one-year extension in the effective date" of the credit hour and state authorization regulations. ACE and the other signers oppose these regulations because they "will have little or no effect in curbing fraud and abuse, but they could do enormous damage to the quality and diversity of postsecondary academic offerings."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Houston Chronicle, 3/9/11

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News report on the move by the Veteran's Administration to pull funding for three Texas campuses of Westwood College. The Texas Veteran's Commission, which certifies Texas schools on behalf of the VA, withdrew certification in December 2010 "after the Government Accountability Officereported that Westwood and 14 other for-profit colleges made questionable statements about graduation rates, failed to provide clear information about the program's cost, and exaggerated applicants' potential earnings."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman
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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 3/1/11

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CREW wrote Duncan to follow-up their January 19, 2011 request for an investigation into the role played by hedge fund managers and other outside interest in the formulation of regulations. CREW included a large number of emails provided by the Department in response to a FOIA request. These emails include evidence of collusion between senior Department officials and short sellers including a planned leak of the proposed gainful employment regulations in July 2010.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Coalition for Educational Success, February 2011

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Link to the site where the Coaltion posted documents it received from the Department of Education pursuant to two FOIA requests. The documents focus on the development of the gainful employment regulations and reveal the participation of short-sellers in the process from the beginning.

The Coalition announced they were releasing the documents on February 23, 2011.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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The Daily Caller, 2/23/11

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Analysis by Randy Proto, President and CEO of the American Institutes school group, addressing the defunding of the gainful employment regulations. This action presents an opportunity for changing regulatory directions and ending the attack on a single sector of higher education. Responsible policy would "establish equally applied performance and consumer protection standards at all schools."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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American Council on Education, 2/16/11

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ACE wrote a letter signed by more than 70 higher education organizations requesting that Duncan "immediately rescind this definition from the final regulations." The letter iindicates that their opposition stems from the fact that "Department of Education has federalized a basic academic concept and, at the same time, developed a complex, ambiguous and unworkable definition."

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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