Agents expand reach into domestic higher education in Australia

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Australian colleges have long used recruiters to woo international students. Now they're turning to companies to help them recruit students within the country, too.

EDMC Restructures Its Debt

Education Management Corporation, a large, publicly traded for-profit chain, announced on Wednesday that it had brokered a financial restructuring agreement with creditors that own 80 percent of the company's debt. In a written statement the company said the restructuring would reduce its funded debt by an estimated $1.1 billion.

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Group wants to create voluntary standards for the for-profit industry

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New effort aims to create voluntary standards and a seal of approval aimed at for-profit colleges, this time by an outside group that works with a wide swath of the corporate world.

Details on Consumer Bureau Investigation of Corinthian

Corinthian Colleges, the struggling for-profit chain that is selling or closing its 107 campuses, announced Monday in a corporate filing that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared willing to discuss a possible settlement. The CFPB has been investigating the company. Last week it sent a letter Corinthian alleging violations of the Dodd-Frank Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the company said.

The CFPB said it would require several conditions as part of a possible settlement, according to Corinthian. They would include ceasing the sale or transfer of private student loans, providing prospective students with more information about the company's financial problems, and providing the bureau with details about the possible sale of Corinthian's assets. The company reported that it had sold a portfolio of student loans for $19 million one day before receiving the letter from the feds.

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John Sperling, Founder of U. of Phoenix, Dies at 93

John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix, died on Friday at the age of 93. The announcement was made by the Apollo Education Group, which grew out of the company Sperling founded in 1973.

The obituary noted Sperling's pride in taking on establishment higher education. “I was totally unprepared for the level of resistance and the passion of that resistance by professors and university administrators," he wrote in his autobiography, Against All Odds. Sperling retired as chair of the company's board in 2012.

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NCAA hopes to create for-profit classification

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In a bid to protect its nonprofit status but not lose its for-profit members, the NCAA is trying to create a new classification for for-profit colleges.

University and non-college provider team up on credential for student veterans

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Fullbridge gets into the credential business by partnering with Concordia University Chicago on new graduate certificate aimed at veterans of the U.S. military.

Senate Democrats Question Oversight of For-Profits

A group of six Senate Democrats on Tuesday questioned the White House and U.S. Department of Education's oversight of the finances of for-profit institutions. The senators, who were led by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, criticized the department's claim that it was surprised by the precariousness of Corinthian Colleges, which announced it was on the verge of collapse in June, after the department froze its financial aid revenue for 21 days. Corinthian is in the process of dismantling its 107 campuses. The senators asked for the administration to answer questions about its tools for monitoring the solvency of for-profit chains. 

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ITT's CEO Resigns as Share Price Slides

Kevin Modany, the CEO of ITT Educational Services since 2007, has announced his resignation. The for-profit chain's share price was battered on Monday, sinking by 46 percent. Investors apparently soured on ITT in part because of news late last week of a collapsed real estate deal. On Friday the company disclosed that a buyer had pulled out of a May agreement to purchase 24 ITT properties for an estimated $119 million. The for-profit, which enrolls 55,000 students, is facing several state and federal investigations, as well as the possibility of tighter financial oversight by the U.S. Department of Education.

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U. of Phoenix wins push for corrected numbers on veterans' enrollment at San Diego campus

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backs University of Phoenix in its squabble with a California state agency over veterans' enrollment numbers.


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