June 19, 2017

Should This College Operator Run A Key Federal Oversight Panel?

For some people engaged in the world of higher education politics, watching Arthur Keiser ascend the dais at a Washington, DC, hotel Tuesday morning as the new chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) — the group of experts charged with advising the Department on the
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June 14, 2017

Confirmed: Trump Trashing Rules to Protect Students from Predatory Colleges

It is now confirmed: Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are trashing the Obama rules created to protect students and taxpayers from scam for-profit colleges. The purpose of these rules is to determine which career training programs are actually helping students build careers, and channel taxpayer dollars to those schools, rather than to overpriced, low-quality schools
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June 13, 2017

Senators Tell DeVos That Delaying Student Loan Rule Would Violate the Law

Four influential Democratic senators — Dick Durbin (IL), Patti Murray (WA), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) — have written to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to warn that her department cannot, without engaging in an extensive process, delay or cancel an Obama administration rule providing debt relief for defrauded students. The Senators assert
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June 8, 2017

For-Profit College Barons in Vegas: Have They Hit the Jackpot?

While everyone else is glued to Comey TV, the discredited for-profit college trade association CECU is meeting this week in Las Vegas. Last year’s CECU convention, held in Orlando, found the once-buoyant for-profit college owners, who have been pulling in billions in taxpayer dollars, in a sadder mood, as the weight of revelations about predatory
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May 25, 2017

For-Profit Colleges Sue To Block Protections for Defrauded Students and Taxpayers

A California-based trade group largely comprised of for-profit colleges late Wednesday sued Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to block a 2016 Obama administration regulation, called the borrower defense rule, aimed at protecting students from predatory college practices. The rule they attack (1) implements a law already on the books that permits students who are defrauded by
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April 26, 2017

Maryland Governor Candidate Backed Predatory Colleges

Alec Ross today announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland. On his new campaign website, Ross includes a bio that cites impressive and admirable accomplishments — former Baltimore City middle school teacher, Obama 2008 campaign staffer, Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, author, Senior Fellow at Johns
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April 11, 2017

Nursing Students Cry Foul At Schools’ New Testing Rules

In nursing schools across the country, students are complaining that administrators have suddenly sprung on them new requirements that they pass comprehensive tests before they can graduate. Some of these students charge that their school has added these new test requirements mid-course to weed out students who might be in danger of flunking the national
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March 29, 2017

Breaking: DeVos Opposes Court Challenge to Obama Rule on For-Profit Colleges

It might just be career government lawyers doing their jobs, and doing them well, until the Trump Administration can catch up and work its malevolence, but in court papers filed today, the Trump Justice Department defended the Obama Administration’s gainful employment rule, a measure aimed at curbing predatory abuses by for-profit colleges. The rule penalizes
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