Monthly Archives: October 2012

Controversy about LeadsCon Conference

LeadsCon is a conference that was held this past July to contact “lead generating” marketing companies with proprietary institutions. This area has garnered the most criticism by democrats in how much money is spent to “buy enrollments” for the industry. Lead generators are not only being used by for-profits, but now non-profit institutions are also are utilizing this marketing.

Read more: For-Profit Colleges’ Marketers Generate Leads, and Controversy by Michael Stratford


Community Colleges Partnering with Out-of-State Online Schools

California’s Coastline Community College is partnering with three out-of-state public universities to create opportunities for students to obtain advanced degrees via online. While this idea is being done by a state-run community college, the idea to assist students in for-profit education is intriguing.

Read More: Exporting Online by Paul Fain

For-Profit Founder Supporting Oregon’s Attorney General

John G. Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix, is under fire for making a large donation to the incumbant Democratic Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum’s re-election campaign. Known as being a big supporter to the legalization of marijuana, Sperling has made a $70,000 donation to Ms. Rosenblum’s campaign, who is a supporter of Oregon’s medical-marijuana law. The main concern for many is that the State of Oregon is the lead plaintiff is a $10-million class action suit against the Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix.

Read More: U. of Phoenix Founder’s Gift is Questioned in Oregon by Eric Kelderman

Sloan-C Research Symposium

Online education exists in a highly regulated environment. At every stage from course development to course delivery there are policies governing what is appropriate and what may not be so. That online education crosses many jurisdictional boundaries only adds to the complexity of managing policies. This Research Symposium, the last of the 2012 Sloan Consortium Research Symposia
series, will bring together experts representing various perspectives on the issue of policy in online education. These include an institutional perspective, regional perspective, national organization perspective, and federal perspective.


Register Here: Sloan-C research Symposium – Online Education

U. of Phoenix Lay-offs

University of Phoenix has announced a long list of lay-offs numbering around 800 employees at about 115 locations. This lay-off will affect mostly admission staff but the closing of locations affects some 13,000 students as well. Declining enrollment is being felt by many institutions in higher education.

Read More:

U. of Phoenix Parent to Lay-off 800 Employees and Close 115 Locations from the Chronicle of Higher Education
University of Phoenix Closing 115 Locations from Inside Higher Education

Pearson Dives Deeper into Online Education

Pearson Publishing has taken a huge step into the realm of online education with the purchase of EmbanetCompass, a company that provides support services to online education providers. EmbanetCompass provides a host of services from recruiting to instructional design.

Read More:

Pearson Moves Deeper Into Online Education with $650-Million Purchase By Katherine Mangan
Pearson Doubles Down  Online by Doug Lederman

A For-Profit Making It’s Mark On Ground

Grand Canyon University, while classified as a for-profit school, is making a name for themselves as a more traditional college with athletics and scholarships for students lowering the cost of college to a price lower than a traditional non-profit.


Read More:Grand Canyon’s Ground Game by Paul Fain

Default Rate on Student Loans Rises Again

Since 2006, the default rate on student loans has been rising. ASsmore individuals graduate, less seem to be able to manage their student loan debt successfully.

Read More: Default Rate on Federal Student Loans Rises Again by Michael Stratford


Kaplan Closing Campuses

The Washington Post, parent company of Kaplan, has announced the closes/merger of 9 campuses.

Read More: Kaplan to Close 9 Campuses by Lawrence Biemiller