For-profit colleges

What Harkin Wants

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WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't already clear that the U.S. Senate was putting plenty of pressure on for-profit colleges, the detailed information the body's leading voice on education is seeking from 30 companies and institutions makes it pretty obvious.

Did the Department Drop the Ball?

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WASHINGTON -- The Government Accountability Office’s “secret shopper” investigation of recruiting practices at for-profit colleges was a mixed blessing for the U.S. Department of Education.

At one level, the findings presented at last week’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing were a vindication. Videotaped evidence pointed to fraud at four colleges, and questionable or deceptive practices at all 15 campuses investigated.

Damaging Data on Loan Repayment

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In further justifying "gainful employment" rules, U.S. suggests that comparatively few borrowers at for-profit colleges repay loans -- an assertion the colleges dispute.

Seeking Honorable Mention

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Baccalaureate-granting community colleges had trouble finding an honor society that would accept their students; now, there is competition.

For-Profit, Without Profit

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Investors pledged to rescue a struggling nonprofit, but as its leadership keeps changing and its enrollment lags, university is on verge of losing accreditation.

A New Leaf at Phoenix?

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For-profit giant -- under fire in Congress -- announces shifts in recruiting tactics.

Watching a Watchdog

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The Washington Post faces questions over its support for for-profit higher ed -- including visits to Congress by Don Graham on behalf of Kaplan.

3 Million and Counting

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As policy debate rages about for-profit colleges' value, their enrollments continue to soar, nearing 12 percent of all students.

California Ends Deal With Kaplan

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Community college chancellor kills agreement that let students from overcrowded institutions take courses from the for-profit and transfer them back.

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.

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