March 27, 2017

Open Admissions + First Semester Loans = Bad Student Outcomes

  Consider the following; _  According to National Center for Education (NCES) statistics, 61% of college-bound students require remedial education. _ Of that remedial cohort, only 24.5% ever graduate from college. _ According to NCES, 90% of student loan defaults are by college dropouts. 8% are by certificate or associate graduates, and, contrary to opinion, only
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August 17, 2016

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

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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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September 3, 2014

“Back to the Future” for career colleges: What we have to do to regain credibility

Many for-profit colleges get about 90 percent of their revenue from federal financial aid. For-profit schools have 13% of U.S. students by nearly half of all student loan defaults.

In this guest post, Raul Valdes Pages addresses his colleagues in the for-profit college industry. Raul Valdes Pages was the founder and CEO of Denver Technical College, a for-profit school offering associate, bachelor and master’s programs. He also has served as CEO of Sextant Education and marketing manager and vice president at DeVry. He is
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