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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:00am

Career Education Corporation, a major for-profit chain, announced Thursday that it is selling Brooks Institute to gphomestay, a company that works on international student programs at high schools and colleges in the U.S.

The California-based Brooks Institute is a visual and media arts institution that offers undergraduate and master's degrees. It enrolls roughly 500 students and has campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Career Education said last month that it would sell or close everything but its Colorado Technical University and American InterContinental University holdings as part of a broad restructuring and an effort to "rightsize." Colorado Technical and American InterContinental enroll about 34,000 of the company's 45,000 students. 

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:00am

Up to 35 million Americans have enrolled in college at some point but failed to earn a degree or certificate. A new report from Higher Ed Insight, a research firm, tracks the challenges adult students face when they return to college. The 69-page document is an evaluation of the Lumina Foundation's adult college completion work. It seeks to describe what works with this population, in part by looking at local, state and national partnerships that bring together higher education and employers to better serve and engage returning adult students.

Several key changes in policy and practice would benefit these students, according to the report. They include:

  • Access to advisers who are capable of addressing adult students' complex needs;
  • Student services that are available during nontraditional business hours, or online;
  • Additional sources of financial aid, particularly at the state level;
  • More transparency about transfer credit policies, including before students enroll;
  • Flexible course scheduling, online courses and innovative degree-completion programs;
  • Access to opportunities to earn credit for prior learning.
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:00am

Dean College, in Massachusetts, announced Thursday that it will no longer require the SAT or ACT for admissions. “The test-optional policy will better align the college with its commitment to a student-centered education. We do not want to put any barrier to enrollment at Dean. We value applications from students of all backgrounds and all academic experiences,” said a statement from John Marcus, vice president of enrollment and marketing at Dean.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Adam Sobel, a Columbia University professor, details this phenomenon known better by its acronym, the MJO. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:19am

The official who has driven the U.S. Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's increasingly aggressive scrutiny of student loans and for-profit higher education is leaving the agency. Rohit Chopra, the new agency's first student loan ombudsman, said in a letter the Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew that he would depart next week after four years of work to "assist borrowers, promote transparency, and hold accountable those who break the law."

Chopra has been a vigilant advocate for student loan borrowers as the agency has taken on issues such as colleges' use of debit cards, companies that offer "debt relief,"  and debt forgiveness for students whose for-profit colleges may have misled them.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:28am

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told a group of college athletics officials Wednesday that while she appreciated the progress they had made in combating sexual assault, college athletes are still too often protected "from the consequences of their behavior," USA Today reported. In a speech at the annual conference of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Missouri Democrat credited sports officials with taking some steps to crack down on athletes' sexual misconduct, like a new Southeastern Conference rule that bars an athlete from transferring to a league member if he or she has been punished for sexual assault or domestic violence.

But McCaskill, who has led the Congressional push to hold colleges more accountable for stopping sexual violence on their campuses, said more needed to be done to end the long history of athletes getting protection from their athletics departments. "They rely on the failure of the criminal justice system, which allows them the luxury of looking the other way," she said. "An athletic director should not see themselves as a shield to the student-athlete. Indeed, the mandate you have when you join your university is an obligation to protect other students and the campus at large."

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 3:00am

In a sign of improved U.S.-Cuba relations and the desire of American colleges and universities to recruit students from Cuba, the Educational Testing Service will offer the Test of English as a Foreign Language there on June 27, The Wall Street Journal reported. Four Cuban students have signed up. ETS also plans to offer the GRE in Cuba.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 3:00am

South Carolina State University's board on Wednesday declared financial exigency, potentially making it easier for the university to eliminate jobs of employees, including faculty members, the Associated Press reported. The university is $20 million in debt. The university received some good financial news Wednesday when a state board gave the university a five-year delay in repaying a $6 million loan. State leaders have repeatedly criticized the financial management of the historically black university. But its defenders have pointed to years of underfunding.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Department chairs at Northwestern Michigan College have voted to unionize and to affiliate with the Michigan Education Association, which is part of the National Education Association. The vote to unionize was 4-0, The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. Full-time faculty members voted earlier this year to unionize with the Michigan Education Association.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Tiziana Casciaro, a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, discusses the nature of networking and the resultant feelings. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


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