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.
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:
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:
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
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