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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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:
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.
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
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
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