In new draft, U.S. panel endorses specific ideas for reworking higher education accreditation, including keeping link to student aid and defining common data for accreditors to use in judging colleges.
The Department of Education admits failing to include black students in its calculation of loan repayment rates in run-up to gainful employment. The mistake will fuel for-profit claims of unfair treatment by feds.
BioHealth College Inc., which owns for-profit colleges in four cities in California, has filed for bankruptcy, The San Jose Mercury News reported. While the colleges are operating, the U.S. Education Department placed them on "heightened financial monitoring" status, which could slow the flow of federal student aid dollars to the institutions. The colleges used to be owned by Corinthian Colleges, but were sold in 2013. The BioHealth CEO did not respond to requests for comment.
Anthem Education, a 34-campus for-profit chain, appears to be on the verge of shutting down campuses, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Anthem has notified state officials of layoffs coming soon in Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia. A Missouri official said that the three campuses in that state are shutting down. Those campuses have also posted notices that enrollment is closed. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that a Wisconsin campus is closing. A company spokesman declined to confirm for the Post-Dispatch that campuses are closing, but did say that Anthem is facing a serious cash flow problem. He added that “closure isn’t a foregone conclusion.”
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that Patrick Fitzgerald, a prominent former U.S. attorney from Illinois, will lead the team of outside monitors that will oversee the closure and sale of Corinthian Colleges' 107 campuses. An agreement the feds and Corinthian reached earlier this month required that a monitor have access to the for-profit's finances and other internal controls.
Fitzgerald previously led investigations of two former Illinois governors and into leaks relating to the Valerie Plame controversy. His monitoring team will report directly to the Education Department. The team is tasked with ensuring that students are protected during Corinthian's dismantling, the department said.