LIM College: A Well-Respected College with a Unique Focus Producing Exceptional Outcomes

As part of our continuing series of profiles of APC member colleges that stand in stark contrast to the considerably misinformed and misguided blanket negative opinions held in some quarters toward proprietary colleges, we shine a spotlight on New York City-based LIM College, initially called the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising when its doors first opened in 1939. People on the business side of the fashion industry know LIM College as one of the top institutions for preparing students for vibrant careers in the their line of work. Given its highly specialized niche focus,…Read more …

Gainful Employment: An Issue For Students Across ALL Sectors

Once reserved for the privileged, college attendance has been increasing over the last two decades, as data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) readily attest. Indeed, the pursuit of a college degree is no longer the sole domain of the privileged few. Thanks in part to the proprietary sector providing newfound access to higher education opportunities otherwise denied to some students, more and more people are able to attend college today, regardless of socioeconomic status. Without question, federal financial assistance has also played a significant role in increasing access to higher education.…Read more …

The School of Visual Arts (SVA): GE Rule Fails to Define Success on the Artist’s Terms

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is to aspiring illustrators, fine artists, and photographers what Johns Hopkins University Medical School is to aspiring doctors: a challenging, prestigious institution where their craft can be best learned and skills honed. Both institutions are well-respected, with exceptional track records of preparing their students for their chosen fields. Just as the Johns Hopkins student will leave his or her graduation ceremony with a diploma and, in GE Rule parlance, a substantial debt-to-earnings ratio, so, too, will the SVA graduate -- but for a…Read more …

Gainful Employment for Proprietary College Grads: It Does Exist

Proprietary colleges are not all created equally, but they are certainly -- undeservedly -- treated equally when it comes to being tarnished by the same negative coverage brush. Whether commenting on the sector in the press, in meetings, or on the Hill, proprietary institutions' most vehement critics are quick to recite a handful of unscrupulous colleges' bad outcomes. And while the preponderance of bad headlines might suggest otherwise, it's worth keeping the scale of the problem in perspective. As Ben Miller, former U.S. Department of Education advisor, wrote: "It looks like some of…Read more …