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 …