Bipartisan legislation would define dubious institutions (and the agencies that accredit them), bar use of phony degrees in federal hiring and promotion, and strengthen Federal Trade Commission enforcement.
WASHINGTON -- These have not been times of peace, love and understanding between the federal government and higher education accreditors. For several years now, spanning two presidential administrations, the agencies charged with assuring that colleges meet an acceptable level of quality have felt buffeted by shifting, escalating and, in their view, sometimes inappropriate demands from federal policy makers.
As state legislators around the country craft their budgets for the 2011 fiscal year, public college officials are afraid that they are about to be thrown off "the cliff" -- the steep drop in available funds once the tens of billions of dollars that the federal government made available through last year's economic recovery legislation run out.
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to finish revising regulations intended to weed out abuses of the federal financial aid system, for-profit higher education’s major advocacy group has chosen to push back.
WASHINGTON -- A long recession and a wavering job market have brought for-profit higher education institutions into the public eye as never before. Big advertising budgets have given them name recognition. Dramatic enrollment growth (fueled by increasing amounts of federal financial aid) and assurances to students that a degree or certificate is the path to a comfortable job in a specific field have brought them scrutiny.