For-profit colleges

More Than Bridgepoint on Trial

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CEO skips Senate hearing examining the fast-growing for-profit online college company, but lawmakers put accreditors in the hot seat.

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

Community College Venture Sold

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Princeton Review unloads business line that delivers academic programs to two-year institutions seeking to build enrollments.

Redefining Colleges' Costs and Benefits

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When the Nexus Research and Policy Center set out to study the costs and benefits of a bachelor’s degree, the results were perhaps unsurprising: the center, funded by the parent company and founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix, found that degrees are good for students and society, and that the education provided by for-profit and private colleges is a better deal for taxpayers than that offered by public institutions.

Trouble Ahead on Student Loan Defaults

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U.S. report shows rates rising for all sectors, but especially for borrowers from for-profit colleges -- in ways likely to add to pressure on the institutions.

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.

New Doubts on For-Profits in Britain

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Analysts consider the meaning of the markdown in value of Apollo unit.

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.

Your Guide to 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON -- The Education Department’s final “gainful employment” rule, which strives to hold most programs at for-profit colleges and certificate and vocational programs at nonprofit institutions to a new federal standard on student debt and employability, was released Thursday.

Another Round

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Although the long-awaited "gainful employment" rule has now been released, latest Senate hearing on for-profit colleges follows a familiar path.

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