Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) chose a recent Senate HELP Committee hearing as the venue in which to publicly voice dissatisfaction with the U.S. Education Department’s new “gainful employment” regulations. Citing loopholes and other flaws, Harkin said the new rules are so watered down — after a relentless lobbying campaign by the for-profit college sector — that they do little to protect students.
At a time when the skills needed for success in college align with those needed for a career, Education Week’s new “Diplomas Count 2011” report oddly suggests that high schools should not steer all students toward college readiness. This misguided conclusion assumes that aborting the mission before it’s even launched leaves room for students to succeed elsewhere in the workforce.
Snagging a Cabinet member or other prominent administration official as a commencement speaker has long been a coveted honor for postsecondary institutions. This spring, several of President Obama’s Cabinet members are giving commencement addresses at well-known colleges and universities.
The Obama administration’s new “gainful employment” regulation is a disappointing stumble on America’s path toward regaining the global lead in college attainment.
The abuses of career colleges have been well and repeatedly documented. But the final, watered-down rule does not do nearly enough to curb these abuses. It provides students and taxpayers with only the most meager of protections against an aggressive industry bent on exponential growth and ever-escalating profits. In the end, the 436-page document is little more than an a la carte menu of ways these institutions can game the system.
Too many students who graduate from high school emerge without the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and the workplace. A new online effort now aims to provide 24-hour, high-quality support for teachers who are working to better prepare their students.
A report released today by The Education Trust documents how the financial-aid policies of colleges, universities, states, and the federal government together limit — rather than expand — access to higher education for millions of low-income young people.
Data on the “net price” of college — that is the amount that families must pay after all sources of grant aid are accounted for — for every college and university in the country, were recently released for the first time by the U.S. Department of Education. "Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students" uncovers a new and disheartening picture of college opportunity for low-income students. The Ed Trust analysis reveals that the average low-income family must pay or borrow an amount roughly equivalent to 72 percent of its annual household income each year — just to send one child to a four-year college.
Information is one of the most important tools in the fight for equity and high achievement for all, but confusion about a federal law designed to protect student privacy has unnecessarily halted the flow of critical information.