APSCU To Appeal District Court Ruling on GE Regulation

Following a District Court’s ruling that upholds the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment regulation, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) recently announced it would be appealing the verdict. Understandably, we wish them great success in their continued fight on behalf of the millions of students whose academic and professional livelihoods will be harmfully impacted over the next decade as a result of the Rule. “We believe this regulation is arbitrary and capricious and in violation of federal law,” said APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson in a statement. He continued: …Read more …

The College of Westchester: Ahead of the Curve on Completion

The issue of college graduation rates has attracted significant media and political focus in recent years, as higher education institutions and legislators scramble to determine who should be charged with ensuring that students make it to the graduation podium. These efforts come as little surprise, considering the projection that 60 percent of jobs will require some form of postsecondary degree by the year 2018. Interestingly, however, completion rates are not considered a marker of programmatic quality in the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” rule and — since its metrics focus solely on graduates’ earnings…Read more …

Celebrating our Graduates

With the beginning of June comes, of course, graduation season for college students. To that end, we warmly and enthusiastically congratulate the thousands of students across our member colleges who have successfully completed their Bachelors, Associate, Masters or Certificate programs and will have the pride and privilege of donning the cap and gown this month. Marc Jerome, Executive Vice President of Monroe College, recently took to his institution's blog to share his thoughts on the class of 2015. Nearly 3,000 Monroe seniors walked across the stage at Radio Music City Hall on June…Read more …

“Traditional” Colleges Push Back on Department’s Regulatory Actions, Too

It seems that for-profit colleges aren’t the only ones concerned with the heightened regulatory environment created by the Department of Education’s relentless advancement of stringent policy proposals and expanding federal mandates. In a letter to Congress, the American Council on Education (ACE) – the leading lobby group for “traditional” schools – expressed its support for the bill, Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2637), which would “prevent future federal overreach in postsecondary academic affairs” and eliminate regulations adversely affecting colleges and universities, such as the college ratings system and a federalized…Read more …

For-Profit College Graduates: Meeting & Exceeding Their “Traditional” College Counterparts in Job Performance

A survey conducted by consulting firm Carl Marks Advisors reveals a key finding on the graduates of for-profit colleges that negates the media’s unrelenting mantra against the industry: their on-the-job performance is just as good as, if not better than, that of traditional college graduates. Carl Marks Advisors surveyed 425 human resources professionals and corporate executives involved in the hiring process to “better understand employers’ perceptions surrounding the value of online and for-profit degrees.” 95 percent of respondents reported the on-the-job performance of for-profit college graduates as average, above average or outstanding. Given…Read more …

NY Daily News: For-Profit Colleges Offer a “Valuable Educational Alternative”

On a near daily basis, you can find stories in the mainstream media criticizing for-profit colleges, compounding misperceptions that they should all be judged by the misdeeds of some. A recent article in the New York Daily News (“A N.Y. Success: For-Profit Colleges”), however, highlights something we have been trying to convey right here in this blog: that there is “more to the story” than the oft accepted “truth” that all for-profit colleges are “bad actors.” The News is certainly to be commended for avoiding the herd mentality and taking a more unbiased…Read more …

GE’s Selective Disclosure Stance: The Folly of Telling Only Half a Story

We've talked quite a bit on this blog about how the GE Rule serves to prejudice students and the public  against for-profit colleges by including loopholes and exemptions that enable the poorest-performing programs at community colleges and non-profits from having to comply. If the Department's intention is to protect students from programs that provide little to no value in terms of employment preparedness, then certainly NO higher education provider should be given amnesty from Gainful Employment’s reach. If there is to be a national standard, APC has staunchly advocated that all institutions, regardless…Read more …

The Chronicle of Higher Education Takes a Hard Look at Reporting Student Loan Default Rates

A recent article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education questions the use of student loan default rates as a reliable metric, suggesting that the numbers reported can be manipulated by the colleges reporting them. In the piece ("Student-Loan Default Rates Are Easily Gamed. Here's a Better Measure"), Ben Miller writes that the short timeframe during which default rates are measured opens the door for colleges to improperly influence their numbers, for example by encouraging graduates struggling to meet their repayment obligations to seek a deferment or forbearance on their loans. Doing so…Read more …

Understanding GE’s Bias: Prejudicial Treatment under the Law

Go to any major courthouse and there is a strong chance that a statue of Lady Justice stands out front. Blindfolded, she carries a sword in one hand and scales in the other. She is symbolic of all that we demand from our justice system -- a fair and equal administration of the law, free of prejudice, favor, or corruption. Indeed, "Equal Justice under the Law" is carved into the very façade of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. When it comes to the GE Rule, however, it appears that it was the…Read more …

Corinthian Colleges Sale: New York Not Included

In its announcement last month that Zenith Education Group finalized its purchase of roughly half of the colleges previously part of for-profit educator Corinthian Colleges Inc., the Department of Education noted that 50 college campuses were part of the package and that they would all be transitioning to non-profit tax status as part of the deal. Corinthian Colleges Inc. had come under investigation for alleged unscrupulous marketing tactics and predatory lending and, eventually, forced into closure after the Department, according to its release, placed Corinthian on an increased level of financial oversight that delayed…Read more …