Education Department turns up heat on for-profits with job-placement-rate scrutiny, three months before gainful-employment rules kick in. But lack of federal standards for placement rates causes confusion.
The Policy Debate
The final gainful employment rules have plenty of critics, but it's undeniable that the Obama administration has made a difference with its five-year crackdown on for-profits.
The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.
A reference to a veteran's student debt goes from a group's press release to a Democratic Senate report, showing both the power and peril of using anecdotes about students.
The messy failure of Corinthian Colleges raises questions about limitations of the Education Department's oversight of for-profit chains, and how it might tighten as other companies teeter.
For-profits are under fire, and a few have made the jump to become nonprofits. But the process is tricky and offers a mixed bag on regulatory benefits.
ITT's missed deadline with the Education Department prompts comparisons to Corinthian Colleges. But ITT is on firmer ground.
Corinthian Colleges and the feds have a day to decide how to dismantle the huge for-profit, with the fate of students, employees and $1.2 billion in loans hanging in the balance.
Trotting out students as victims of for-profit institutions is often an attack by false and partial anecdotes, writes Wade Dyke.
The Education Department improvised in helping to shut down Corinthian Colleges, raising questions about a similar approach with other large for-profits.
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