Education Department

House Poised to Block 'Gainful'

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WASHINGTON -- They'll have to wait until some time today for the actual vote, and the satisfaction that comes then may be fleeting, because the provision faces almost certain defeat in the Senate and would be unlikely to survive a veto from President Obama if it got through.

But based on last night's goings-on in the House of Representatives, supporters of for-profit colleges seem destined to enjoy at least a temporary legislative victory made possible by the reshaping of the political landscape in November's elections and by the sector's overpowering lobbying campaign.

The Changed Landscape

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House budget legislation, which would cut Pell Grants and restrict regulation of for-profit colleges, shows how federal political environment has shifted.

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

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U.S. court says federal student privacy law does not forbid University of Illinois from releasing records about applicants.

Ganging Up On 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON — A surprisingly bipartisan House of Representatives approved an amendment to the continuing budget resolution last month that would block the Education Department from carrying out its proposed regulation requiring that for-profit colleges and other vocational programs ensure that their students are prepared for “gainful employment.” Since thi

The Information (Sharing) Age

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Education Department plans change in key federal privacy act to let state agencies share student data more freely -- alarming privacy advocates.

'Breathing Room' on State Authorization

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WASHINGTON -- The Education Department did not go nearly as far as college leaders would have liked in backing away from a new rule requiring colleges to get approval from every state in which they operate distance education programs.

Unity on State Regulation Erodes

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As 70 higher ed groups ask Congress to rescind Education Dept. rule on state approval of online programs, public college associations peel off.

As the Regulatory World Spins

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Education Dept. signals start of new round of rule making as it aims to put the finishing touches on another.

Closer Look at 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON -- Today’s issue of the Federal Register includes the U.S. Department of Education’s notice of proposed rule making on "gainful employment," explaining the rationale and anticipated effects that the regulations will have on all of higher education but, in particular, on the swelling for-profit sector.

Concessions or a Cave-In?

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In softening rules requiring for-profit and vocational programs to prepare students for "gainful employment," Education Dept. disappoints supporters and fails to mollify critics.

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