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Can the US Dept. Of Ed prevent another Corinthian type problem?

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

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No Consensus for the US DOE on Key Issues

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.

To read more:

Federal Panel Fails to Reach a consensus by Michal Stratford @Inside Higher Ed

Rule-Making Panel Fails to Find Consensus on 2 Key Issues – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

And the jokes just keep on rolling along from the Feds….

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:

Negotiators Tussle Over Proposed Rule to Compel State Scrutiny of Online Ed – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fight on State Authorization By Michael Stratford

Gainful Employment…Yes, AGAIN…..

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.

Revised ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Breaks Little New Ground – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reactions to the Education Dept

Gainful Employment_ What’s New_ What’s Missing_ And to Whom Does That Matter_ – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Things to Know About the Proposed Gainful-Employment Rule – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Gainful Employment’s Partial Unveiling by Paul Fain Inside Higher Education

Proposal Sets Stage for Gainful Fight By Michael Stratford Inside Higher Education

Australian Regulators Find Problems in Marketing Practices

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

Will Reciprocity work?

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (AKA. SARA) is gearing up to begin accepting members, but will the states join the party? Many states are sitting back waiting to see what happens with a national state authorization agreement. Overseen by the regional compacts, SARA is the newest work in progress to help distance education institutions obtain authorization to operate across state lines.

Read more:  Will States Reciprocate? by Carl Straumsheim Inside Higher Education

Gainful Employment – Round 2

The next round of ruling making has put out a second draft which is not pleasing either side of the issue. While more and more, the Department of Education dives into the topic of data, data, data, both sides are complaining that demands are to be made without thought on the impact these rules will have on all parties involved.

Read More: Inside Higher Education – For-Profits Step Up Gainful Criticism by Michael Stratford

Read More:  Latest Gainful-Employment Proposal Pleases No One – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Federal Trade Commission Revises Guidelines for Vocational Programs

The FTC has joined in on the fight for stricter guidelines in vocational programs. This past week, FTC released their newly revised Guidelines for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools. These are guidelines to consumers in regard to choosing a vocational school. Their website is setup to give consumers information in which to ask institutions when thinking of attending post-secondary education.

Here is a link to the revised guidelines: Guidelines for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools

Here is a link to the website: FTC: Choosing a Vocational School

Feds to Renew Interest in Rule Making Legislation

More on the new bill being proposed to by the House to limited rule making authority. Although, it is not likely to pass the Democrat controlled Senate, House Representatives has introduced a bill, set for a vote, on limiting the authority of the US. Department of Education’s ability to develop new regulations that affect post-secondary institutions, mainly in the for profit sector.

Read More: House Panel to Consider Bill to Limit Education Dept.’s Rule-Making Authority By Goldie Blumenstyk

Five Campuses Stripped of Accreditation

ACICS have revoked accreditation for five campuses in Rhode Island and Connecticut owned by American Enterprises, Inc. due to violations of the accrediting bodies regulations.

Read More: 5 For-profit Campuses Lose Accreditation After Abrupt Closures By Nick DeSantis