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Industry's Top Lobbyist: Stop 'Assaults' On For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 07.27.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Steve Gunderson, the former congressman (R-WI) who is the chief lobbyist for America's for-profit colleges, warns in a new email, "There has never been a time when the economic, regulatory and political assaults on our sector have been stronger."

For-Profit Colleges Use Distortions to Enlist Students to Oppose Obama Rules

David Halperin | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
David Halperin

Steve Gunderson, the former congressman (R-WI), who heads the discredited, depleted for-profit college trade group CECU (formerly APSCU), is working h...

Ex-New York Times Reporter Now Lobbying To Block Student Debt Relief

David Halperin | Posted 07.26.2016 | Media
David Halperin

Who is the newcomer doomsayer Edward Wyatt, who sent the scary letter this week, seeking to meet with higher education groups about the rule?

For A Day, Broke Students Win

David Halperin | Posted 06.24.2016 | College
David Halperin

In a world of mass shootings, Brexit, and a looming dramatic presidential election, the deliberations of the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity would hardly seem to matter. But, yesterday, it did.

For-Profit College Lobbyist Gives the Game Away

David Halperin | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
David Halperin

It is absolutely stunning that the for-profit colleges' chief lobbyist, Steve Gunderson, told a reporter today that a new Obama Administration proposed rule -- a rule that would finally give students and taxpayers some leverage to recover payments for abuses by predatory schools -- "will crush career education."

As APSCU Meeting Opens, Ex-Members Make Big News

David Halperin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
David Halperin

The for-profit college trade association APSCU opened its conference today in Orlando, and amid sessions about dealing with increased government scrutiny after APSCU's failed lobbying strategy, there was news about two former APSCU members.

For-Profit College Industry, in Freefall, Convenes in Florida

David Halperin | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
David Halperin

While many of the big predatory colleges quit APSCU after the group failed in its lobbying mission, some honest owners of better-performing, often smaller, career colleges have told me they had already left in disgust because the group had become so dominated by arrogant, misbehaving schools and owners.

Ex-Congressman Solicits $80,000 From For-Profit Colleges for Court Paper Aimed At Shielding Fraud

David Halperin | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
David Halperin

The Republican ex-congressman who now works as the chief lobbyist for the troubled for-profit college industry has ushered in the new year with an email asking for-profit college owners to finance a legal brief aimed at limiting the legal risk of companies in fraud cases.

For-Profit College Owner, Who Used Strippers As Lure, Goes On Trial

David Halperin | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
David Halperin

Alejandro Amor, the former owner-CEO of for-profit FastTrain College, is scheduled to face a jury trial in Miami Wednesday morning. Amor and his co-defendant face criminal charges of defrauding the federal government to obtain about $6.5 million in student aid -- Pell grants and Direct Loans.

Purveyors of Wisdom on Higher Ed Panel Have Advanced Harmful for-Profit College Agenda

David Halperin | Posted 10.16.2015 | Education
David Halperin

The panelists spoke about the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together and find common ground to improve the Higher Education Act. That's great. But they didn't talk about the work all three of them have done to hurt higher education by backing the agenda of predatory career colleges.

For-Profit Colleges Enlist Capitol Hill Supplicants, U.S. Chamber in Renewed Push Against Obama Rule

David Halperin | Posted 10.08.2015 | College
David Halperin

In many cases these schools charge too much, and they spend too little on instruction. As to admitting students whom the program won't help, sometimes these owners say they just can't predict who will succeed and who won't.

For-Profit College Lobbyist Explains Decades of Fraud as Humanitarian Mission

David Halperin | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

The fight is far from over. The industry's effort to strike down the Obama gainful employment rule -- a modest measure that would weed out from federal aid eligibility just a small fraction of the programs that leave students with crushing debt -- continues today in Congress and the courts.

APSCU Letter to For-Profit Colleges: Our New Direction

David Halperin | Posted 07.15.2016 | College
David Halperin

Gunderson's letter, co-signed by APSCU's board chair, Roger Dalton, Vice President of American National University, opens ominously: "This letter may be as significant as any communication you have received from your Association in many years." The letter paints a dark landscape for the for-profit college sector, and a bleak-ish picture of APSCU's health.

Big For-Profit Colleges Quit Trade Group APSCU

David Halperin | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Some of the largest for-profit college companies -- including, last month, DeVry and Kaplan -- have recently left the industry's main trade group. Funded to boost its industry's fortunes, APSCU may instead have contributed to dragging the industry down. Now APSCU itself may be a sinking ship.

Corinthian CEO Led For-Profit College Industry PAC

David Halperin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

As a front group for the worst actors in higher education, APSCU has no credibility. It does continue to have something bigger: The billions in taxpayer dollars that Washington keeps funneling to predatory colleges. Corinthian's reign is over, but many almost-as-bad companies remain in operation.

In Court, For-Profit Colleges Demand End to Gainful Employment Rule

David Halperin | Posted 05.20.2016 | College
David Halperin

The big for-profit colleges were back in court in Washington again this morning, arguing to a federal judge that the Obama Administration did not have the power to subject them to even the most minimal standards of accountability for leaving their students with overwhelming debt.

Neutron CEO Tells Customers That Republic Report Stories Are False; Ex-Employees Disagree

David Halperin | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
David Halperin

I have repeatedly sought comment from Caffee and his co-founder, Shaun Ritchie, including after reading Caffee's letter, and they have not responded.

For-Profit College Marketer Thrived By Posting Fake Ads To Popular Job Sites

David Halperin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
David Halperin

With APSCU leading the effort to overturn the Obama administration's "gainful employment rule," and with the collapse of Corinthian raising issues about how to protect students when predatory for-profit colleges fail, it's crucial to understand that this industry signs up many of its students through blatant deceptions.

Still More Scam For-Profit College Websites -- Linked to Dallas Mystery Man

David Halperin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
David Halperin

Who is operating all these scam websites, aimed at tricking struggling people into getting on sales calls for for-profit colleges? And when will the big for-profit colleges linked to these operations -- companies that get 85 to 90 percent of their revenues from taxpayers -- tell us the truth about how they do their business?

More Scam Websites to Lure the Poor to For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
David Halperin

With more than $30 billion a year in taxpayer money going to the for-profit college industry, the shady world of generating leads of potential students is a thousand-headed regenerating hydra, and I am only beginning to discover that a lot more information is hiding in plain sight.  

Websites Promising Jobs and Medicaid Are Instead Bait for For-Profit College Telemarketers

David Halperin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
David Halperin

The operations may well be in violation of federal statutes prohibiting deceptive marketing and unwanted telephone sales calls, as well as DOE laws and regulations barring payment of sales commissions to college recruiters. At the very least, they are guilty of using sleazy tactics to sell poor-quality products.

Entitled For-Profit Colleges File Meritless Suit to Block Obama Rule

David Halperin | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
David Halperin

The complaint repeats many of the claims from APSCU's suit to strike down the 2011 gainful employment rule: that the DOE didn't have the authority to issue such a rule; that the Department has not provided a reasoned basis for the rule; and that the rule is "unlawful, arbitrary, and irrational."

Bill Maher, John Oliver Slam Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
David Halperin

In a single week, two of America's best comedic truth-tellers -- John Oliver and Bill Maher -- hit hard against the predatory for-profit colleges that rip off taxpayers and ruin students' lives.

APSCU, Chamber Sought to Stack Rulemaking Panel With Execs From Troubled For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
David Halperin

What is striking is that APSCU not only demanded a super-sized contingent of for-profit college representatives on the panel but also proposed for membership some of the most abusive for-profit college companies.

For-profit College Group APSCU Has Consistently Harbored Fraudulent Schools

David Halperin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Companies in your sector and your trade association are opposing a rule that would motivate career colleges to provide higher quality programs, at more affordable prices. Your opposition to the gainful employment rule is hurting students, taxpayers, and our economy.