Category Archives: Accountability standards

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Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept.

Taylor Hansen, a former lobbyist for for-profit colleges, quit his job at the U.S. Department of Education on Friday, Bloomberg reports.

Mr. Hansen is the son of Bill Hansen, head of USA Funds, a student-loan-guarantee agency that has recently branched out into other career-education projects. The younger Mr. Hansen was one of only a few advisers to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with experience working in higher education.

He resigned after the department announced that it would reverse an Oba…

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Senate Does Away With Obama Teacher-Prep Regulations

Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.

The legislation, passed on Wednesday by the Senate on a 59-to-40 vote, is expected to be signed by President Trump. The House of Representatives approved the bill last month.

The accountability system that would be affected by the legislation was put into effect in October by the Department of Education. It requires states to report on the success…

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U.S. Gives Colleges More Time for Appeals Under Gainful-Employment Rule

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced that it was giving colleges more time to submit appeals regarding data that is connected to the enforcement of the Obama administration’s hotly contested gainful-employment rule.

Lynn Mahaffie, the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, said that the action was being taken “to allow the department to further review the GE regulations and their implementation.”

Many people have speculated that President Trump will withdraw the …

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Agriculture Dept. Removes Animal-Welfare Data From Website

A trove of information about animal welfare in university and government research laboratories, in zoos and circuses, and elsewhere disappeared from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website on Friday, worrying animal-rights activists and others who have been concerned that the Trump administration will stop making available a range of data collected by the government.

In a written statement, the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said that during the past yea…

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DeVry Will Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Deceptive-Advertising Claims

The DeVry Education Group will pay $2.75 million to settle allegations of “false advertising and deceptive practices” with the New York attorney general’s office, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Prosecutors said DeVry had stated falsely in marketing materials that 90 percent of its graduates looking for employment were able to find it within six months of graduating, not taking into account that many students were already employed before they enrolled or graduated, among other things.

“DeVry us…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation’s Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient, the country’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, for failing borrowers during every stage of repayment, the federal agency said on Wednesday in a news release.

In the lawsuit, which seeks undisclosed damages, the bureau states that Navient violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Navient provided borrowers with b…

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Over 800 Programs Fail Education Dept.’s Gainful-Employment Rule

More than 800 programs failed the U.S. Department of Education’s accountability standards for its new gainful-employment rule, and risk losing federal student-aid funds, the department announced on Monday, and about 98 percent of those programs were offered by for-profit institutions.

To view the programs and their institutions that are subject to the standards, click here. For a sortable, searchable table showing institutions that failed the standards, click here.

Monday’s announcement represen…

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Education Dept. Denies Student-Aid Funds to For-Profit Law School

[Updated (12/20/2016, 5:45 p.m.) with a statement from the school's spokeswoman.]

The U.S. Department of Education will end access to federal student aid for the Charlotte School of Law, a for-profit institution, at the end of this month, the department said in a news release.

The release said that the law school was not compliant with standards set by the American Bar Association, the institution’s accreditor, and that it had violated the Higher Education Act, the department’s regulations, and …

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DeVry Settles Federal Lawsuit for $100 Million

DeVry University and its parent company will pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit, brought by the Federal Trade Commission, that claimed the for-profit institution had misled prospective students. A news release from the commission says the settlement “secures significant financial redress for tens of thousands of students harmed by DeVry’s conduct.”

The commission’s lawsuit, filed last January, involved advertisements that said 90 percent of DeVry’s job-seeking graduates were employed in thei…

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U. of Louisville Foundation Broke Its Own Bylaws, State Audit Finds

A former president of the University of Louisville Foundation broke several of its bylaws, acted without consulting its Board of Trustees, and fostered a “dysfunctional governing environment,” according to a Kentucky audit whose report was released on Wednesday.

James R. Ramsey, a former president of the University of Louisville, was also president of the university’s foundation. He stepped down from both positions this year, after Kentucky’s governor sought to radically restructure the universi…