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And the Battle Begins…..

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:

For-Profit Colleges Decry Gainful-Employment Rule as ‘Arbitrary and Biased’ – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Charles River Report

Nowhere to Go by Paul Fain on Inside Higher Ed



No Consensus for the US DOE on Key Issues

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.

To read more:

Federal Panel Fails to Reach a consensus by Michal Stratford @Inside Higher Ed

Rule-Making Panel Fails to Find Consensus on 2 Key Issues – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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…Yes, AGAIN…..

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.

Revised ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Breaks Little New Ground – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reactions to the Education Dept

Gainful Employment_ What’s New_ What’s Missing_ And to Whom Does That Matter_ – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Things to Know About the Proposed Gainful-Employment Rule – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Gainful Employment’s Partial Unveiling by Paul Fain Inside Higher Education

Proposal Sets Stage for Gainful Fight By Michael Stratford Inside Higher Education

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

Student Loan Default Rates

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.

‘Gainful Employment’ Talks Begin

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

Department of Education Releases First Draft for RuleMaking

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

Ideas for Consideration for HEA Reauthorization

Congress will begin looking at the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act. This article gives a summary of some of the ideas being presented.

Read More:  Previewing the Higher Ed Act by  Doug Lederman Inside Higher Ed

New Data on Tuition Costs

The National Center for Education Statistics has released its report on the costs of tuition across all sectors. Seem just about every area increased tuition except the for-profit institutions.

Read More: Education Dept. Releases New Data on College Tuition Across Sectors by Nick DeSantis