The Policy Debate

The Policy Debate
Apr 17, 2015
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.

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March 21, 2012

Multi-state investigation of for-profits includes review of institutional loans and recruiting of veterans. But finding common targets is a problem, and investigators have yet to take on a major for-profit.

March 7, 2012

Largely unregulated for-profit vocational colleges, which can't receive federal student aid, collect 40 percent of military spouse tuition benefits.

March 2, 2012

Steve Gunderson has plenty of friends, including the Senate's leading critic of for-profit colleges. But the new head of the sector's trade group isn't afraid to pick a fight -- even with one of his members.

February 23, 2012

Tough new regulations are unlikely this year in Washington, but in California a new state law, hearings and multiple investigations are kicking off.
 

February 14, 2012

For-profit colleges that participate in federal financial aid programs charge more than those that don't, according to new study, which also finds the for-profit sector much larger than most think.

February 7, 2012

The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

January 25, 2012

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.

January 23, 2012

For-profit-college group will name Steve Gunderson as its new president. The former Republican congressman has a reputation as a bridge-builder and strong ties to traditional higher education.

November 23, 2011

The government investigator releases a potentially damaging investigation of for-profits, but its impact may be lessened because of a flawed previous investigation.

November 3, 2011

Attorney general Jack Conway has taken on for-profit colleges in a big way -- and some of their leaders are donating to his opponent. But will his multi-state investigation run out of steam?

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