Secretary DeVos Announces Regulatory Reset to Protect Students, Taxpayers, Higher Ed Institutions

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department’s intention to establish rulemaking committees on Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) and Gainful Employment (GE) regulations. The Department intends to develop fair, effective and improved regulations to protect individual borrowers from fraud, ensure accountability across institutions of higher education and protect taxpayers. “My first priority is to protect students,” said Secretary DeVos. “Fraud, especially fraud committed by a school, is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, last year’s Read More

U.S. Department of Education Fines Corinthian Colleges $30 million for Misrepresentation

The U.S. Department of Education took additional steps today to protect students and taxpayers and crack down on abuses within the for-profit sector by continuing its enforcement actions against Corinthian Colleges Inc. After a comprehensive review, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed cases of misrepresentation of job placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian’s Heald College system. The Department found 947 misstated placement rates and informed the company it is being fined Read More

Are Women’s Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar’s Demise Tells Us

Sweet Briar College in Virginia will close its doors in May, after 114 years of teaching women at its scenic campus in western Virginia. The school’s board of directors says the school has been unable to increase revenue, and as a result the institution cannot survive. The announcement shocked students and alumnae and created a movement — Saving Sweet Briar — to keep the school open. They’ve asked the president and the board to step down. The Read More

Community Colleges: Helping the U.S. Become “First in the World”

About three-quarters of college students in this country attend a community college or public university. President Obama understands the crucial role that community colleges play in helping students and our nation skill up for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. That’s why, in a recent speech of the economy, he called them “gateways to the middle class” – and it’s also why they’re a key part of his ambitious plan to improve higher education in America. Read More

Innovation in Higher Education through First in the World

Innovation in higher education is key to ensuring that our nation’s colleges and universities continue to serve our nation’s students. As part of an ambitious plan to increase value and affordability in higher education, President Obama called for the First in the World Grant Program (FITW) to fund innovative practices at colleges and universities. Yesterday, ED awarded $75 million in grants to 24 colleges and universities across the country to fund innovative thinking that comes from educators Read More

Protecting Americans from Predatory and Poor-Performing Career Training Programs

Students at for-profit colleges represent only about 13 percent of the total higher education population, but about 31 percent of all student loans and nearly half of all loan defaults. Of the for-profit gainful employment programs analyzed by the Department of Education, the majority—72 percent—produced graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts. In an effort to reduce the number of American families with enormous debt loads, and to encourage responsible actions by Read More

GARY DEMAREE: Educating your kids is a real education

Earlier this year, five of Indiana’s six major state-supported universities approved tuition increases for the next two years. Ball State increased 2 percent, Indiana University increased 1.75 percent, Indiana State went up 1.95 percent, Ivy Tech increased 8 percent and the University of Southern Indiana increased by 4 percent. Interestingly, Purdue’s trustees voted to freeze tuition for this year and next. If the thought of rising tuition rates doesn’t grab the attention of every parent Read More

Obama Announces $100M in Education Grants

President Barack Obama has announced $100 million in grants to help better prepare high school students to compete in the global economy. The White House says the Youth CareerConnect program will help schools train students for in-demand industries, including science, technology, engineering and math. The government will award up to 40 grants to allow high schools to team up with higher education institutions and employers. The grants will be awarded early next year. Money for Read More

Five Pillars for Education in the Next Decade

I continue to hear stories of new colleges popping up all over the place. By that I mean they’re popping up all over the world. Anyone looking for a new experience in higher education? The Minerva Schools, which are part of the Keck Graduate Institute, now offer a student a chance to take classes and travel the world, immersing them in local culture in cities such as Hong Kong, Cape Town and Mumbai at cut-rate Read More

Online Application Woes Make Students Anxious and Put Colleges Behind Schedule

With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions, alarming students and parents and putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule “It’s been a nightmare,” Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University. “I’ve been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they’ve really fallen down.” Read More