Education Department

University that went bankrupt amid tighter federal scrutiny looks to collect money from former students

Mid-Continent University's closure last year left a messy situation for students -- and it was precipitated by financial sanctions the U.S. Department of Education uses to rein in colleges.

Obama seeks to boost higher education spending and proposes some loan reforms that have bipartisan appeal

Budget details president's signature higher ed proposals -- free community college, Pell bonuses for colleges and expanded tax credits -- and some student aid reforms with bipartisan appeal. 

Ed Dept. ratings framework ignites new questions over adjusting student outcomes

The Education Department's ratings framework embraces the concept of adjusting outcomes for student demographics -- an approach that would be unusual for the federal government but that isn't without its critics.

GAO report finds state education and workforce databases lacking

Despite $640 million in federal spending, many holes remain in state databases that try to link college outcomes to the employment market.

Congressional watchdog questions whether accreditors’ sanctions correlate with student outcomes

A Congressional watchdog asserts that accrediting agencies have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions -- though report's own data are mixed on that question. 

Creation of Obama's college ratings tested the Education Department

The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.

Feds respond to criticism of bid by ECMC to buy most of Corinthian

Education Department defends sale of 56 Corinthian College campuses to ECMC, saying guarantee agency's purchase will help 40,000 students, many of whom are close to graduation.

Final gainful employment rules drop loan default rate

The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.

Federal regulators debate how to handle direct assessment programs

Audit critical of the Education Department's review process for alternative to the credit hour raises questions about direction of federal policy and could discourage some colleges.

Education Department reviews its monitoring of large for-profits in wake of Corinthian collapse

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.


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