August 17, 2016

Experts Warn Competency-Based Education Can Be Abused, pt. 2

Pile of Textbooks

Editor’s note from David Halperin: Last week, we posted a piece reporting concerns by a leading higher education expert (who asked not to be identified by name because of job concerns) that lobbying could weaken protections in federal laws governing competency-based education (CBE), and that such changes could increase the ability of unethical institutions to defraud students and taxpayers.
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August 12, 2016

At Risk: For-Profit College Converts To Non-Profit Status


The U.S. Department of Education yesterday took a momentous step, deciding that the CollegeAmerica / Stevens-Henager / CEHE chain of colleges, despite formally converting from a for-profit to a non-profit enterprise, is still acting like a self-interested business corporation, rather than a charitable institution, and thus should remain subject to the handful of rules that
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August 11, 2016

Risks of Fraud in Competency-Based Education


An audit report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General could potentially trigger efforts in Congress to eliminate a critical legal requirement for college programs to receive federal Title IV student grants and loans. That would be a dangerous development, according to a long-time higher education policy expert
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August 11, 2016

College Rebuked Today By Education Dept. Is Suing Ex-Employee Who Complained to Accreditor


As we reported this morning, the U.S. Department of Education today rejected the request of the CollegeAmerica/Stevens-Henager college chain to have its status changed from for-profit to non-profit for purposes of federal financial aid rules. The Department concluded that the chain’s conversion to non-profit status appeared primarily to benefit the for-profit chain’s owner, Carl Barney, rather
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August 11, 2016

Department of Education Rejects For-Profit College Chain’s Conversion to Non-Profit

Carl Barney CEHE

In a critical decision to protect students and taxpayers from fraud and abuse in higher education, the U.S. Department of Education this morning rejected the request of the CollegeAmerica  / Stevens-Henager college chain to have its status changed from for-profit to non-profit for purposes of federal financial aid rules. The Department concluded that the chain’s
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August 4, 2016

Twist: DeVry Goes to Court To Stop Students From Bringing Arbitration


For years, DeVry University, like other big for-profit colleges, forced its students to sign agreements that they would take any dispute with the school to private arbitration, rather than sue in court. When, this year, it appeared that the U.S. Department of Education was moving in the direction of banning or limiting such mandatory arbitration agreements
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August 2, 2016

For-Profit Colleges Say Students Are Being Defrauded (By Someone Else)


The for-profit colleges’ depleted trade group CECU (formerly APSCU) reports in a new filing with the government a seemingly remarkable fact: Last month, the association wrote a letter to the Department of Education, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau demanding that those agencies fight against scam websites run by shady outfits
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August 1, 2016

Obama’s Last Chance to Protect Students & Taxpayers From Predatory Colleges


This is the comment (pdf) I submitted today to the Department of Education regarding new rules aimed at protecting students and taxpayers from deceptive practices and other abuses by unscrupulous colleges.   Secretary John B. King, Jr. ,U.S. Department of Education   Re: Docket ID ED-2015-OPE-0103 Dear Secretary King: I thank you and the Department
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