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Support Efforts To Rein In For-Profit Colleges

The good news coming from the U.S. Department of Education recently is the effort to put tougher restrictions on for-profit scam colleges that rip off students, families and the taxpayers. The bad news is that not all Democrats are behind this effort and pushing for the tighter restrictions. Think Progress last week passed along a report … Continue reading

Enrollments Slipped This Fall, With For-Profit Sector Hit Hardest

Enrollments at American colleges slid slightly this fall as institutions faced a shrinking pool of high-school graduates at the same time that a slowly expanding economy was luring older students back to work, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported on Thursday. Over all, enrollment dropped 1.5 percent in the fall of 2013, compared to the previous … Continue reading

Private, For-Profit Colleges See Unaccustomed Setbacks

Once the hottest things in higher education, private, for-profit colleges and universities have suddenly found themselves on the business equivalent of academic probation. The for-profits ­­–– which range from beauty colleges and truck-driving schools to industry behemoth the University of Phoenix — enjoyed booming enrollment, which more than tripled from 1991 to 2011, and annual … Continue reading

Federal Trade Commission Warns Veterans About For-Profit Colleges

The Federal Trade Commission is warning military veterans to be cautious when choosing to spend their GI Bill benefits at a for-profit college. In a recent post on “8 Questions to Ask” when picking a college, the agency urges veterans to “be aware that some for-profit schools may not have your best interest in mind.” “They may … Continue reading

After the Shutdown, Academics Have a Lot of Catching Up to Do

The federal government is back in business, and researchers are returning to government buildings and labs shuttered during the 16-day federal shutdown that ended late Wednesday. But the standoff, which cost the economy billions and disrupted research projects and education plans nationwide, is likely to have lingering effects on academe. It could be weeks before … Continue reading