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A Social Security Disability Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 01.14.2015 | 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.

Former Washington Post Co. Still Owns Stake in Embattled For-Profit Corinthian Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Graham Holdings Co., the corporation that owned the Washington Post newspaper before selling it to Jeff Bezos last year, retains a major stake in Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that is under investigation by a range of federal and state law enforcement agencies.

WOW: You Won't Believe What This For-Profit College Lobbyist Just Said (and Did)

David Halperin | Posted 04.24.2014 | College
David Halperin

The industry he represents is seeking once again to block the Obama Administration from issuing a "gainful employment" rule that would, eventually, cut off federal student aid to career training schools that consistently leave their students with overwhelming debt.

Breaking For-Profit College News: VA Shopping Tool, Coalition Letter, Andrews Quitting

David Halperin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Developments are happening at lightening speed on for-profit college issues.

Miller Retirement Could Make Andrews, For-Profit Colleges' Best Friend, Top Dem on Education

David Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Congressman George Miller informed his staff today that he is retiring. Among many other things, this development could have implications for the long struggle by the Obama administration to hold the for-profit college industry accountable.

House Dems Backing For-Profit Colleges Gutted Their Own Letter

David Halperin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

The letter was watered down from the version that was circulating among House members earlier last week. In particular, the final letter dropped a key sentence from the draft, which echoed language used by for-profit college lobbyists.

Corruption Threatens Obama Action on For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.

Obama Team Must Be Fair, but Tough, on For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
David Halperin

If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.

For-profit College Group, Linked to ALEC, Keeps Working to Harm Students and Taxpayers

David Halperin | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
David Halperin

It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.

Bob Kerrey and Private Equity Owner Defend For-Profit Colleges Without Disclosing Financial Stake

David Halperin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The for-profit college industry has engaged in a consistent pattern of presenting defenses by powerful people without disclosing that the authors have a financial interest in the success of the industry.