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And the jokes just keep on rolling along from the Feds….

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:

Negotiators Tussle Over Proposed Rule to Compel State Scrutiny of Online Ed – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fight on State Authorization By Michael Stratford


Gainful Employment – Round 2

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

Read More:  Latest Gainful-Employment Proposal Pleases No One – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Congress Criticism of Accreditors

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s subcommittee on higher education and workforce training held a panel discusssion with two representatives of accrediting agencies and two critics of traditional accreditation.

Read more: No Love for Accreitation by Libby Nelson of Inside Higher Ed

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

Hearings on Gainful Employment Begin.

US DOE is seeking out individuals to participate in hearings on gainful employment. They are “seeking “key stakeholders” on the issue, including students, consumer-advocacy groups, and university leaders, to serve on the rule-making committee.”

Read more: Education Department Seeks Members for Panel on Gainful Employment by Cory Weinberg

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

Congress Urging Dept. Of Ed to Reconsider

A bipartisan group of Congress is asking the US Department of Ed to reconsider revisit rule-making on Gainful Employment and State Authorization and focus on the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act.

Read More: Education Dept. is Urged to Drop Efforts to Revive Controversial Rules by Andrew Mytelka

Simplifying Distance Education Regulations?

The Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education claims to seek a simpler solution of state regulation on distance education institutions offering education on a national scale.

Read More:  Former Education Secretary Seeks to Simplify States’ Distance-Education Rules By Allie Bidwell

Judge Kills Gainful Employment Again

A Federal Judge has ruled again that the US Department of Education’s motion to reinstate portions of the Gainful Employment requirements. This ruling makes an appeal less likely to happen.

Read More: Judge Refuses to Restore Vacated Provisions of ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule By Allie Bidwell

Read more: Now What? by Paul Fain

Accreditation and the For-Profit Sector

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools may be sanctioning University of Phoenix based on new language that “high education is for the public good.” The school may be put on probation for not having enough autonomy from their parent company, Apollo Group. This status has nothing bad to say on the education side of the school and its offerings to students academically. The “probation” status is all about the profit and business side of the institution.

Read more: Profit and the Public Good by Paul Fain