Why Attend a For-Profit School?

I have been asked this question too many times to count. My usual response is “It depends.” So many factors go into the choice of a school for students. But it appears that some are trying to find out.

A new study seems to want to see if they can find some answers to this question. And while, the authors stated they to do not advocate for any type of school, their findings may start a new twist on an old conversation.

Link to Story: The Unheralded Mettle of For-Profit Students (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Perhaps ACICS’ Final Blow?!

The Trump administration is defending, at least for now, the Obama Education Department’s decision last year to yank federal recognition from the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit colleges. Government attorneys representing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in court papers over the weekend that the Obama administration acted appropriately when it revoked recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, known as ACICS. The department accused the accreditor of routinely approving too many discredited for-profit schools and failing to take action against dishonest institutions.

– The Trump administration wrote in the filing that the decision to nix ACICS was “reasonable and supported by ample evidence in the administrative record.” Attorneys representing the department argued the decision followed proper procedures and regulations for terminating an accreditor. ACICS argues the Obama administration acted arbitrarily and unfairly. The judge overseeing the case in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. is now turning to the substance of the case after twice rejecting the accreditor’s efforts to obtain emergency and preliminary orders blocking the decision. Read the latest DeVos filing here.

– What to watch next: The judge has previously said he’ll let a handful of Democratic state attorneys general weigh in before approving any settlement between the Trump administration and ACICS. Those AGs had pressed the Education Department to terminate the accreditor and they have sought to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the termination. But it’s possible that in the meantime, ACICS could also re-apply for federal recognition before the Trump administration.

– The legal battle over ACICS’s fate comes as deadlines approach for the hundreds of colleges that relied on the accreditor’s stamp to access federal grants and student loans. The colleges, most of which are for-profit and collectively enrolled nearly 600,000 students last year, have to find another accreditor to keep federal funding flowing to their campuses. Under a timeline established by the Obama administration, the schools have to apply for accreditation elsewhere by June 12 and make progress on those applications by Oct. 10 to remain fully eligible for federal student aid. Those deadlines could be changed by the Trump administration.

Original Source: Politico.com 

More Times Change, the More They stay the Same?!

My grandfather use to tell me, the more things change, the more they stay to same. Times they are changing and with a new administration about to take hold, the proprietary sector needs to be diligent in their operations. While I see a more friendly attitude with the Trump administration, our sector must still continue to strive towards being better. The following article is an excellent article on the topics that will continue to be important for all career schools.

Read More: 5 Major Theme to turn Career Colleges Around by Dr. Jean Norris

Free MIT Courses

Finally some great news!  I think it is important to highlight good opportunities available to everyone, but especially for educators. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) OpenCourseWare (OCW) is new available with over 2000 courses compeltely free for anyone!

The website states:

Unlocking Knowledge

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Empowering Minds

Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

For more information, check out the site. MIT OpenCourseWare

Stakes are High for the Proprietary Sector

So much is hanging on a very tightrope within our industry these days. With the recertification of ACICS coming up next week, the GE requirements, and the recent release of new rulemaking items yesterday, the proprietary sector has a great deal on its plate. However, I know that it can persevere the rough waters. I have attend several conferences these past few months with professionals from all areas of post-secondary education.

I’ve found that many folks are concerned, but like myself, know that if we focus on those individuals attending our institutions, this too shall past. In an effort of assist in keeping everyone up on current media stories, below are links to a few of the most recent items.

Accreditor, and Accreditation, on Trial by Doug Lederman (Inside Higher Education)

Education Department Proposes New Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions – US DOE Press Release

US DoE Looking to Add More

As today (Friday, March 18th) is to be the last scheduled meeting by the Department on Rulemaking, more information is surfacing on plans to increase the triggers for letters of credit by the proprietary sector.

This requirement could be significant!

Read More: Getting Ready for Another Corinthian by Michael Stratford

And so it begins with 2016!

With the start of a fresh new year, always seems to begin on new challenges in proprietary schools. The US Department of Education has anew man at the helm, John King. Question is whether he has the same lack of vision at Mr. Duncan. Time will tell. But it does seem that many of the media outlets are holding on the same negative ideals as last year.

The Chronicle has published several articles with the same back-handedness as most of their articles. The proprietary sector has taken a hit on lower enrollment lately, but we are still very important to the overall landscape of educating and getting the people employed in this country.

Below are several articles to add to everyone’s database of knowledge and keeping you up to date.

How For-Profit Education Is Now Embedde..

For-Profit Colleges May Be Down, but Do..

For-Profit Group’s Entreaty to John King

Education Department Tightens Reins on More Colleges

A Little Good News?

The media loves polls especially ones that demonize the proprietary schools and veterans. But a recent Gallup poll paints a different picture on services that veterans enrolled in some proprietary institutions are receiving. As I have said in the past, yes, there are some bad actors in this industry, but so many more institutions are making it possible for many to obtain a degree/certificate.

Read more here: Score on for For-Profit this Veterans’ Day by Neal McCluskey

Trending in the News

Hello Everyone. My apologies for not posting any useful information these last couple of months. Seems time tends to get by me lately. So I’m going to include a collection of information here. These last couple of months, Gainful Employment has taken affect and caused many schools to consider changing from a for-profit to a non-profit status. This is understandable but is not as easy as thought to be. However, with the US DOE changing leadership with the retirement of Arne Duncan, I don’t see much changing during the Obama Administration. The Democrats are  convinced the proprietary sector is a predatory sector and that  it has nothing but “bad actors” just trying to make a quick buck. While I will concede there are some “bad actors”, most institutions really want to help their students make a better life for themselves. I’m sure if the leadership changes in 2016, we will see a host of new changes. But for now, we must deal to the existing requirements.

If you are a Title IV school, you must begin the process (if you have not already begun) the process of imputing your data into the Department of Ed’s database to meet your GE responsibilities. If you haven’t begun, you should start this right away, as the deadline is coming due very soon. For more information, go to https://www.ifap.ed.gov/GainfulEmploymentInfo/indexV2.html.

Also in the news is the continued attack on the sector. While I do not know if all of it is warranted on ITT, it will have to be monitored for future insight into the issue. If you have missed the news, ITT has faced multiple suits from many different states and regulatory agencies of this past year or so. This week, they got another blow with tightening restrictions. More information, read here: Insider Higher Ed and The Chronicle. The Obama Administration is even taking a shot at the accreditors now: Upping the Pressure on Accreditors.

So as the pressure on the industry increases, schools continue to educate the populace and wade through the sea of regulations and rules. In December 2015, Ted Mitchell will take over the US Department of Education, but do not look for any changes. If anything, the industry will likely see more regulations before President Obama’s Administration leaves office. Read more on Arne Duncan’s departure: What Duncan Wishes He’d Done Differently — and What’s Next for the Education Dept.

Gainful Employment Moves Closer to Implementation

Gainful Employment rule from the US DOE has survived the latest attempt to be block from going into effect. The latest lawsuit from APSCU was declined yesterday. Congress is attempting to pass legislation to stop the funding, if nothing happens, on July 1, this will go into effect.

Read More Here:

Judge Rejects Second ‘Gainful’ Challenge – Inside Higher Ed

Gainful-Employment Rule Survives For-Profit Group’s Court Challenge – Chronicle of Higher Education