First, my apologies for having such a long pause in this blog. The industry got overwhelming there for few months.
The proprietary industry has had to manage many hills and mountains for the years, but lately it has been tough for many to keep their heads above the waterline. With enrollments down for many schools (proprietary, publics, privates and non-pro-fits alike), it is nice hear a story on the positive side of the argument.
This article was published this March in The Stanford Daly as a Letter to the Editor on his experience with DeVry University. He highlights just some of the benefits he found through the school and assistance from the staff on his education and job search. I hope to see more letters like this make main stream media.
Everyone is wondering if the US department of Ed can prevent another set of problems like are occurring with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. While all of this is subjective, many in Congress wonder if the US DOE is doing enough monitoring the financial stability of the for-profit sector. There are lots of theories and suggestions, but no real answers these questions.
Read More on the ideas being presented:
Preventing Another Corinthian by Michael Stratford and Paul Fain Inside Higher Ed
The battle over Gainful Employment begins… All comments on Gainful Employment will end today. With that, APSCU has begun they battle over the usefulness of the rule with a report stating the proposal as “flawed, arbitrary, and biased”. This looks to begin a legal challenge in the making.
Read more detail in these articles:
Negotiations for Rule-Making by the US Department of Education have ended without a consensus on two key issues: Debit Cards for students and State Authorization. Without a consensus, the Department of Education can now proceed with language they deem appropriate on these issues. The issue of state authorization for distance education programs has long been a contention for higher education. The debate will most likely end up debated in the court system before it is official.
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Democratic Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii & Chris Murphy of Connecticut have joined forces on the front lines in a very vocal Congressional fight in the Gainful Employment arena. These Senators are calling for stronger rules on for-profits. Mr. Murphy went so far as to call out Corinthian Colleges as the “worst of the worst” example of a predatory for-profit company.
The revised rules are open for comment through May 27, 2014. Along with the student advocacy group the Young Invincibles, Senator Harkin held a media event at the U.S. Capitol building. Two students from the Young Invincibles discussed their experiences at proprietary institutions on their overall debt and the institutions’ financial practices.
Steve Gunderson of APSCU, the main trade group for the proprietary industry, stated they were working with many Congressional Democrats and the White House for a more fair solution to make sure colleges are accountable. The impact these revised gainful employment rules will have on students is a long way from being determined.
For more on this, please read the following articles:
The US Department of Education is once again pushing their agenda on Rulemaking. In this round of stipulations, DOE is once again pushing for all distance education institutions to have to be registered in each state for which their students reside. Under these new rules, States are not allowed to exempted institutions based on most established criteria. While the specifics have not yet been creeded and the panel is still talking, this will be another attempt to establish the similar rules attached to Title IV funding.
Yes, the US Department of Education is back in to the rulemaking business and now they have decided to try to force States to create a process to review every institution offering education to their residents. While I am all for making sure institutions are not taking advantage to the students I represent in Mississippi, I’m not sure this is the correct way to go about it. I’m sure this topic will be debated in the courts long before it makes its way to being required.
Here are some of the latest stories floating around on the topic:
On Thursday, the US Department of Education sent out their latest version on “Gainful Employment” rulemaking. Here is a collective list of articles that have been published from The Chronicle on Higher Education and Inside Higher Education websites as to their opinions on this newest rulemaking session.
Seems yet another group has produced a survey on for-profit alumni and their views on their educational experiences. This survey is only on for-profits but one positive note that is very understated is that two-thirds of those surveyed stated their education was worth the cost. Problem with biased survey’s like these are there is no comparison to others from within the same measuring analysis. For what the survey’s results show, it may not be as bad as they state, thus showing the authors’ biases.
Read more: Alumni of For-Profit Colleges Have Mixed Views of Their Experience – Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education By Katherine Mangan
A review of a sampling of the 4900 training colleges’ websites in Australia have show a large number of violations industry wide within the industry’s marketing practices. The review has show that possibly around 45% of the colleges are in violation of registration standards. Seems the United States is not the only country looking at the standards of the vocational industry.
Read More: Scrutiny for College Marketing Practices by John Ross for The Australian Inside Higher Ed