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.
Submitted by Paul Fain on February 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Bob Jones University lost its nonprofit tax exemption after the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1976 found that the conservative religious college was practicing racial discrimination with its ban on interracial dating. That decision sparked a long court battle, which ended when the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 upheld the IRS's decision.
The university in 2000 dropped its dating ban and later apologized for practicing racial discrimination.
Now Bob Jones is set to become a nonprofit institution once again, the Greenville Newsreported. The complex financial reorganization includes the for-profit merging with the operation of a nonprofit elementary school that shares roots with the university.
The transition is scheduled to be completed by next month. Bob Jones is also seeking regional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
About 170 full-time faculty members at the University of Phoenix are losing their jobs, Phoenix Business Journal reported. Some of those faculty members, however, may be hired back as part-timers. The layoffs follow enrollment declines. A university statement said that in 2013, the university converted many part-time positions to full-time slots, hoping to improve retention rates, but that studies have not found a difference in retention rates in courses taught by full-time or part-time faculty members.