For-profit colleges

A For-Profit Accountability System?

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U. of Phoenix's annual report of academic data, though imperfect, show the university's strengths and weaknesses. Why aren't other career colleges disclosing similar information?

Defining 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON -- A proposal by the U.S. Department of Education to assess the performance of vocational programs and most course offerings at for-profit institutions by linking the prices they charge to their graduates' salaries may have hit a wall Wednesday as concerns surfaced publicly that the department was reaching outside its statutory purview to place price controls on higher education.

Unity on 'Incentive Compensation'

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WASHINGTON -- Education Department officials faced forceful pushback Thursday against their plan to eliminate regulatory clarifications to Congress’s 1992 ban on “incentive compensation” for admissions and financial aid officers -- and the opposition came from nonprofit and for-profit colleges alike.

Rubbing Shoulder Pads with Elites

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For-profit college set to join unique football league and take on seemingly strange peers: Ivy League universities and military service academies.

It's Up to the Department Now

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WASHINGTON — Months of negotiations on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to regulations intended to guard against abuses of the federal financial aid program ended Friday with no agreement on the most controversial issues under consideration.

Rough Start for New Regulator

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Two weeks after its rebirth, California agency to oversee private postsecondary education erroneously tells 50 institutions that they are approved to offer new programs.

Incentive Comp Still a Problem

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Congress's investigative arm finds that violations of a legislative ban on paying college recruiters based on enrollment have not disappeared.

'Harnessing America's Wasted Talent'

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Peter P. Smith's career in and out of higher education has not followed the straight and narrow.

Amid forays into politics (as a member of Congress and lieutenant governor of Vermont) and international affairs (at UNESCO), Smith has been a higher education innovator, helping to found the statewide Community College of Vermont in 1970 and serving for 10 years as founding president of California State University's Monterey Bay campus, beginning in 1995.

A Private College Goes For-Profit

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Dana is sold a year after another Lutheran institution was sold. But new owners plan to keep tenure and the traditional, residential mission.

How Students Fare at For-Profits

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Where does the truth about for-profit colleges lie?

Is it in the harshly critical investigative reports that stitch together one damaging anecdote after another to suggest that the institutions prey on academically underprepared, low-income students, leaving them with huge student loan debts and few job prospects?


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