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

David_Halperin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education

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 03.28.2014 | Politics

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 03.14.2014 | College

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 03.12.2014 | Business

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 03.20.2014 | College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Finally, a Chance to Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

It seems that the powerful for-profit college industry, which has used its taxpayer-provided riches -- up to $33 billion a year -- to buy the most expensive lawyers and lobbyists, and the allegiance of many in Congress to keep the money flowing, is finally on the run.

Arne Duncan's Last Best Chance to Save Students From Abusive For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

The for-profit college industry remains defiant and indignant about efforts to hold its schools accountable before dispensing the federal money to which these corporations apparently feel perpetually entitled.

Bezos' Purchase of the Post Leaves Graham With Kaplan For-Profit College

David_Halperin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Media

What will become of the rest of the old Washington Post Company, publicly traded and run by the Graham family? The fact is that the Post Company was already dominated, in several respects, by its lucrative Kaplan education subsidiary.

Poll: Americans Reveal What's More Important Than Graduating From College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.28.2013 | College

In finding the right college, Americans care less about whether its students are likely to graduate, and more about whether the ones that do land a so...

Chris Kirkham

Another Battle Brewing Over For-Profit Colleges | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

The Obama administration has resumed efforts to rein in abuses by for-profit colleges that leave students deep in debt and unable to find decent jobs,...

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior

David_Halperin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business

A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.

What I Just Told the Obama Administration About For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 07.30.2013 | College

This administration has clear authority -- statutory authority and moral authority -- to implement effective regulations to curb abusive practices by for-profit colleges. You owe it to our citizens to do so promptly.

Gainful Employment Rule for For-Profit Colleges: Eminently Fixable, Eminently Necessary

David_Halperin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business

The gainful employment rule is critical to protecting the federal investment in our students and providing opportunities for a wide range of Americans to build careers. And, fortunately, there is a clear path to fixing the rule so it will pass muster in the courts.

For-Profit College Shuts Down, Leaving Students Out in the Cold

David_Halperin | Posted 03.16.2013 | College

A for-profit college suddenly shut down all its campuses last week, leaving Massachusetts and Maryland students out in the cold. Although we don't know all the facts yet, the school's abrupt demise appears to be a window into how lax standards in the for-profit college industry can harm students and taxpayers.

5 Reasons Why a Judge's Decision to Strike Down a Predatory College Rule Won't Stop Reforms

David_Halperin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business

Over the weekend, a federal trial judge in Washington, DC, upheld the power of the federal government to issue its "gainful employment" rule, a provision aimed at channeling federal financial aid away from college and career training programs that leave students deep in debt.

Chris Kirkham

Federal Judge Strikes Down Crux Of Obama For-Profit College Rules | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

A federal judge has struck down central parts of hotly debated new federal regulations meant to rein in for-profit colleges that often leave students ...

Preventing Predatory Lending by For-Profit Colleges

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Rep. Mike Honda

Today, many for-profit colleges have picked up where the subprime lenders left off. They are using the same promise of the American dream as bait to trap vulnerable students into underperforming schools and saddling them with a lifetime of debt.

What If You Had to Know Your Future Income Before You Applied for a Student Loan?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.02.2011 | College
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Changes are likely to come to the federal-loan program in the coming years as lawmakers try to figure out ways to reduce spending and control college costs. Whatever the changes, the result will probably be a reduction in loan availability.