For-profit colleges

Phoenix Pays to Tell Its Story

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For-profit college turns to events co-branded with media outlets to change minds and critics wonder about the journalistic ethics of providing positive PR.

Harkin Nixes Purported Investor Event

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After Wall Street firm invites investors to fancy dinner with senator to discuss for-profit higher ed -- at $10,000 a pop -- he says the event was never a done deal.

Monitoring the For-Profits

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Education Department and accreditors say it's not their job to police colleges, and point to states. Wisconsin regulators are willing -- but not quite able -- to patrol the beat.

Duking It Out on 'Gainful Employment'

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WASHINGTON – After more than a year of wrangling, the last chance for colleges, associations and individuals to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment" rules came to a close last week with the end of the public comment period on the department’s proposed regulations.

Defaults Edge Higher

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Education Department data show growing numbers of borrowers are unable to repay their federal loans -- especially at for-profit colleges.

Where Are Your Professors?

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While nonprofit colleges are forthcoming with their faculty lists, for-profit institutions are more reluctant -- irking some academic leaders.

Beauty School Drop-Ins

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Texas community college bucks trend of shying away from cosmetology programs by opening a new school — with corporate ties.

The Scrutiny Spreads

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A House panel questions the Pentagon's oversight of distance education -- particularly that offered by for-profit colleges -- for active duty service members.

Update: Timeline Shift for 'Gainful' Rules

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(Update: Education Department officials announced Friday afternoon that they would delay until early 2011 publication of final rules aimed at ensuring that vocational programs prepare students for "gainful employment." Department officials said the move would not delay the ultimate implementation of the gainful employment proposals past their current July 2012 date, and characterized the decision as an opportunity to hold public hearings and other meetings to give the many people who've weighed in on the rules more time to "clarify the comments they’ve submitted and respond to questions

Looking West

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As largest regional accreditor toughens stance on for-profit colleges, two major companies, Bridgepoint and Argosy, seek shift to Western region -- which says it won't be a patsy.

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