A Welcome Perspective From a Washington Post Editorial

An editorial published recently in The Washington Post is worthy of mention, as it offers an enlightening, rather uncommon perspective that APC wholeheartedly shares when it comes to the mainstream media’s coverage of the for-profit college sector. Titled simply, “Correcting the Falsehoods about For-Profit Colleges”, author Lanny Davis, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer and representative of the career college sector, debunks the common misconceptions of for-profit colleges, which have been repeatedly and shamelessly lambasted in the media during the debate regarding the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment rule. In his argument, Mr. Davis focuses…Read more …

Further Proof of the DOE’s Misguided Metrics

The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative launched in 2006 by public policy think-tank The Brookings Institution, released a study last month that is particularly insightful, as it offers further supporting evidence for one of our core arguments against the DOE’s Gainful Employment rule. Entitled “Major Decisions: Graduates’ Earnings Growth and Debt Repayment”, the study provides an analysis on graduates’ earnings growth and debt repayment in the early-career years. As we have previously pointed out here and here, the GE rule’s requirement that earnings data be scrutinized as early as 18-30 months after…Read more …

Arizona Republic Editorial Remarks on GE: Right Idea, Wrong Approach

A recent editorial, published by the Arizona Republic, focused on the shortcomings of the Gainful Employment rule and seemed to provide a glimmer of hope for the millions that would be adversely affected by its implementation. The editorial, which echoes many of the viewpoints we have expressed throughout our blogs, sensibly contends that accountability for federal financial aid dollars and student outcomes should not be limited to for-profit colleges. Indeed, like APC, the paper’s editorial board encourages such measures — but logically asserts that all institutions should be beholden to the same standards.…Read more …

DOE: Profiting From a For-Profit College Collapse

The Wall Street Journal last week published an editorial that sheds light on the Department of Education’s continued hypocrisy and unsound reasoning when it comes to the regulation of the higher education sector. Following last summer's closure of Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest post-secondary education companies in the country, the Department of Education is now overseeing the sale of schools in the Corinthian system to Zenith Education Group, a just-created subsidiary of non-profit student loan guaranty agency Educational Credit Management Corporation Group (ECMC). Arguing that students were exploited by the colleges and…Read more …

More Critics Speak Out against Flawed GE Rule

Since the Department published its highly contentious Gainful Employment rule this fall, there has been a great deal of debate as various interested parties weighed in for or against the rule. Regretfully, the critical question of whether it's the best possible regulation to serve students' interests seems lost amidst the noise. When it comes to ensuring that graduates receiving federally funded tuition support are being properly prepared for meaningful employment, all students – regardless of college or major – should be granted the same protective oversight by Washington, D.C. As evidenced by its…Read more …

Utica School of Commerce (USC): Leading the Way in Business Education

Like many of our other member colleges profiled in this blog, the Utica School of Commerce (USC) has an extensive, rich history preparing students for rewarding careers. Students that chose USC tend to do so for its exceptional business programs. Founded in 1896 in response to an early demand for specialized training in commerce and finance, USC was among the first pioneers in private business college education in New York State and today remains a leader in the field. Originally located on the third floor of the Oneida National Bank Building on the…Read more …