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98 Percent Of College Programs That Flunked Performance Test Are For-Profit

David Halperin | Posted 01.09.2017 | Education
David Halperin

The U.S. Department of Education this hour has released the first round of measures under its new gainful employment rule, which tests which career college programs, though a combination of high prices and low quality, leave too many of their graduates with overwhelming student loan debt.

Kaplan's Graham Lobbies White House Against Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

David Halperin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Kaplan has been receiving as much as $1.5 billion annually in taxpayer-funded federal student aid. But students across the country have complained that Kaplan has engaged in deceptive or coercive recruiting.

An Obama Policy 'To Protect Students And Taxpayers' Is In Danger Of Not Happening

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

For years, the Obama administration has promised to punish for-profit colleges that produce graduates who can't afford their student loan payments. Th...

For-Profit College Trade Group Responds to Obama Reforms With Tantrum

David Halperin | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
David Halperin

I was just alerted to this gem of a tantrum / press release issued two weeks ago by the for-profit college trade association APSCU, whose strategy of aggressive, expensive lobbying and litigation has utterly failed, and which now has lost much of its funding.

Appeals Court Rejects For-Profit College Attack on Obama Rule

David Halperin | Posted 03.08.2016 | Business
David Halperin

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC rejected the for-profit college trade group's challenge to the Obama Administration's gainful employment rule, a regulation that holds career training programs accountable for consistently leaving students with overwhelming debt.

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

David Halperin | Posted 01.06.2017 | 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.

What You Need to Know About Law Schools' Gainful Employment Challenge

Equal Justice Works | Posted 10.20.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

The rule, which went into effect on July 1 of this year, is designed to reveal programs that carry high levels of student debt while yielding relatively subpar job credentials.

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.

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.

A Social Security Disability Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 03.15.2015 | Money
Brad Reid

The Social Security Act provides financial benefits to qualified individuals who have suffered a physical or mental disability. "Disability" is define...

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."

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Administration Backs Down On Tough Rules Targeting For-Profit Colleges | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration on Thursday retreated from an ambitious proposal to protect low-income students and taxpayers from wasteful career-training p...

New Gainful Employment Rule Is Weak, but Predatory For-profit Colleges Remain on the Ropes

David Halperin | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The administration had the opportunity, through a strong gainful employment rule,  to demand here and now that federal aid only go to career education programs that were truly helping their students. It didn't seize the chance.

As For-Profit Colleges Fight for Their Right to Abuse Students, It's Obama's Time to Decide

David Halperin | Posted 12.22.2014 | College
David Halperin

It's a critical moment for the public to take another close look at this industry, which now has 13 percent of all U.S. college students and swallows more than a quarter of federal aid -- over $30 billion a year in taxpayer money. It's also a critical moment for President Obama to stand up for fiscal responsibility.

Shahien Nasiripour

For-Profit College Chain Cheated Students, U.S. Alleges | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

For-profit education company Corinthian Colleges Inc. misled students into taking out unaffordable loans by falsely advertising job prospects, then us...

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.

Jeb Bush Denounces Obama Rule to Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable for Burying Students in Debt

David Halperin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has styled himself a champion of K-12 education policy reforms. But in the context of higher education, Bush seems less interested in holding poorly-performing schools accountable.

For-Profit College Enrolls, 'Exploits' Student Who Reads at Third-grade Level

David Halperin | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
David Halperin

A librarian at a southern California campus of Everest College abruptly resigned last week, deeply upset that the for-profit school had admitted into its criminal justice program a 37-year-old man who appears to read at a third-grade level.

Obama Must Stop Giving Taxpayer Billions to Colleges That Ruin Students' Lives

David Halperin | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
David Halperin

People's lives are being ruined by the cynical business model of predatory actors in the for-profit college industry, and the administration must take deliberate and strong measures to protect our students and our federal investment.

Homeless Kids Hurt by For-Profit Colleges

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As a result of their aggressive recruiting and their low investment in actual education, for-profit schools saw more than half of the students enrolled in 2008 leave within a median of four months, without a degree or certification, just troublesome debt.

Exposed: For-Profit Colleges' Blueprint for Blocking Obama Regulations

David Halperin | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Posted on the website of an accounting firm in Puerto Rico is a revealing PowerPoint presentation dated February 20, 2014, and credited to Steve Gunderson, the CEO of APSCU. It outlines APSCU's plan for defeating the Obama administration's key regulation aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable for leaving students with insurmountable debt.

Head of Teachers College Group Sits on Board of Predatory Corinthian Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
David Halperin

Corinthian has a record of poor-quality education programs, sold to students through deceptive recruiting, and the company is now under investigation by more than a dozen state attorneys general and at least four federal law enforcement agencies.

Which For-Profit College Lobbyist Are You?

David Halperin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Predatory for-profit colleges use deceptive and coercive tactics to pressure students into signing up. More than half of for-profit college students drop out within about four months.

Regulating For-Profit Colleges: On to the Next Round

David Halperin | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
David Halperin

This morning, the Obama administration released its new proposed "gainful employment" rule, aimed at ending taxpayer support for college programs that claim to train people for careers but instead consistently leave their former students with shaky job prospects and insurmountable debt.