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What is an Associate Degree Worth?

A controversial study on the return on investment for taxpayers and students came out and puts a different spin on what an receiving only an associate degree is? The authors state this study is limited in its range of data gathering and should not be use to grade performances of schools. It does not cast a good light on the 2-year degree, but also it does not take into account the many individuals who benefit from receiving a college education. I sincerely hope this study is not taken out of context and used to justify reducing funds to the education system.

Read more: 2-Year Degree’s Value? For a Few, Less Than High School, Report Says By Katherine Mangan (The Chronicle).

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Webcast: Hearing on Voluntary Military Education Programs

The Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on Military Education Programs in regard to for-profit colleges. The webcast provides a great deal of information, while it is a bit lengthy, it provides some very useful information to all colleges on how Congress is looking at GI Funds for education.

View the Webcast: US Senate Committee on Appropriations on Military Education Programs

For-Profits Adding Discounts

Strayer University, like many other for-profit institutions, are adding value to the student body in trying to maintain retention of it’s student body by working on costs and help them make the best choices.

Read More: Strayer U.’s Discounts Reflect Shifts in For-Profit-College Sector By Goldie Blumenstyk

Best Practices for Military and Veterans

Serving the military and veterans in the for-profit sector is a high priority for the for-profit sector to help those students achieve success. The Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities released a Best Practices for all higher education institutions to assist this diverse group of students.

 

Read more: For-Profit Group Suggests Best Practices for Serving Military and Veteran Students by Ann Schnoebelen

 

 

Wisconsin Looking Into Student Outcomes as a Standard to Operate

The state agency in Wisconsin that oversees for-profit institutions is starting to look into requiring for-profit institutions and distance learning institutions to meet standards of student outcomes to be allowed to operate in the state or teach Wisconsin residents.

Read More: In Wisconsin, Approval of For-Profit Colleges May Depend on Student Outcomes By Michael Stratford

 

Seeing Enrollment Improving

One for-profit is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Could other struggling for-profits learn a lesson from the struggles of another?

Read More: DeVry Nurses Its Way Back to Health by Lorene Yue

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

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

Enrollments Down

Seems that all of the media scrutiny of the last couple of years is affecting many for-profits enrollments.

Read more: Nation’s Biggest For-Profit Colleges Suffer Enrollment Declines by Goldie Blumenstyk