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U.S. panel offers draft recommendations for revamping higher education accreditation

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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.

Education Department Admits Flawed Data in Gainful Employment Analysis

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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.

Is Romney Right about Full Sail University?

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Mitt Romney singled out the university while praising for-profits as cost-effective. Full Sail graduates 78 percent of its students, but is it really the better value Romney suggested?

New investment fund to help traditional colleges take ideas to scale

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New $100 million investment aims to fuel innovation by nonprofit higher ed; first projects focus on Hispanic students and online education in Europe.

Kaplan CEO's book takes on higher ed's incentive system

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Andrew S. Rosen, Kaplan's CEO, takes on the traditional view of college with his debut book, arguing that higher education needs a "reboot" to meet America's goals.

Community college enrollment growth ends

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Community college enrollment drops slightly, but two-year institutions remain crowded after years of record growth.

Black women graduate students enroll in higher numbers at for-profits

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Consumer advocates are concerned by the relatively large proportion of black women graduate students who attend for-profits.

House Passes Update to GI Bill

The House of Representatives unanimously voted Monday to pass an update to the Post-9/11 GI Bill that, among other provisions, would restore benefits to veterans affected by closures of for-profit institutions like ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges.

The package of legislation would also lift the current 15-year time limit for veterans to use GI Bill benefits for postsecondary education. It also expands access to student aid for members of the National Guard and reservists and would grant full eligibility for student aid to Purple Heart recipients, regardless of their length of service.

House leaders have moved the bill swiftly through the chamber, introducing the legislation, holding hearings and scheduling a vote, all in a little over a week. The Senate is expected to hold a hearing soon on identical legislation with bipartisan backing.

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Court Withdraws GI Bill Approval for Ashford U

An Iowa District Court has dismissed a petition by Ashford University, asking that the Iowa State Approving Agency allow Ashford's online programs to be eligible for GI Bill benefits.

The ruling comes after the Iowa approving agency denied the institution's use of GI Bill benefits last year due to a decision Ashford made in 2015 to close down its physical campus in Clinton, Iowa. A dispute between the Iowa agency and Ashford followed over whether or not the for-profit would continue having a physical presence in the state.

"This is a state decision. Ashford University has been in communication with the Iowa Department of Education regarding further administrative proceedings. We are also actively exploring a variety of options, including seeking reconsideration by the state court and a possible appeal, and we are communicating with various stakeholders to ensure continuation of education benefits for our veteran students," said Vickie Schray, executive vice president of regulatory affairs and public policy for Bridgepoint Education, Ashford's parent company, in a statement.

After the ruling, the Veterans Administration sent a notification to Ashford's more than 5,000 military students about the status of their GI Bill education benefits and warned them that their benefits could be interrupted if Ashford isn't approved to administer the benefits. However, Ashfor said the details they were given by the VA were inaccurate and the for-profit is in ongoing discussions with the federal and state agencies to continue offering military education benefits.

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Another Coding Boot Camp to Close

The Iron Yard, a coding boot camp, announced this week that it would cease all operations after teaching-out its summer programs.

The news follows a similar announcement last week from Dev Bootcamp, another early player in the coding skills training space. An industry expert said last week that more closures and consolidations would follow.

Kaplan, the for-profit education company, bought Dev Bootcamp three years ago. The Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, in 2015 made an undisclosed "significant investment" in the Iron Yard.

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