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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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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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
American Association of Community Collages has posted a response to the study by Nexus/AIR report on ‘What’s the Value of an Associate’s Degree?’ This response sheds new light on the misconceptions of the Nexus/AIR study report.
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).
US Department of Education reports a slight climb in student loan default rates. With new changes coming to the calculation of these rates and Title IV eligibility on the line, this could be a problem for institutions.
Read More: Student-Loan Default Rates Continue Steady Climb By Andy Thomason Chronicle of Higher Education
104 Institutions Show Consecutive High Default Rates According to a Calculation by the Chronicle of Higher Education Click here to see the list.
Negotiations continued on Wednesday over proposals to create a new federal approval process for career-oriented higher-education programs, two weeks after the committee that’s crafting new “gainful employment” regulations met for the first time.
Read More: ‘Gainful Employment’ Talks Focus on Vetting New Programs By Kelly Field with The Chronicle of Higher Education
In Texas, technical colleges will face a new appropriations model for rewarding or punishing schools based on the performance of their graduates and the amount of money the graduates make.
Read More: Texas’ Technical Colleges Are Banking on Student Earnings By Eric Kelderman @ the Chronicle of Higher Education