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.
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.
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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.
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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
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
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
The US Department of Education has released their first draft for new Gainful Employment rule making. Three days of formal negotiating will begin on September 9th, 2013 to discuss the proposed rule that could affect more than 11,000 programs at for-profit and non-profit institutions.
Read More: Education Dept. Releases Draft Language for New Gainful-Employment Rule By Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle of Higher Education
Congress will begin looking at the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act. This article gives a summary of some of the ideas being presented.
Read More: Previewing the Higher Ed Act by Doug Lederman Inside Higher Ed
The US DOE has released the names of 15 negotiators and their 14 alternates that will be in charge of the next round of rule-making on gainful employment.
Read More: Negotiators Are Named for Gainful-Employment Rule-Making Panel By Kelly Field (Higher Education Chronicle)
This time the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee accused for-profits of aggressively recruiting veterans in an attempt to obtain federal funds not counted in the “90/10” rule.
Read More: Senators Renew Scrutiny of For-Profit Colleges’ Recruitment of Veterans By Kelly Field