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Report Tallies Reciprocity Agreement Savings for Colleges – Inside Higher Ed

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements is saving colleges millions of dollars annually, a new report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems estimated. NC-SARA is a membership organization that sets national shared standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs that are offered across state lines. Institutions that are NC-SARA More Info »

After DeVos Delay, Durbin Urges Cardona To Grant Borrower Defense Discharges For Illinois Westwood College Students

In First Letter To New Secretary, Durbin Advocates For Defrauded Illinois Students WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) urged the Department of Education to provide prompt federal student loan debt relief to approximately 3,600 Illinois students who were defrauded by Westwood College in 2012. Westwood College deceived Illinois students about the More Info »

Pima Medical Institute Faculty and Students Play Important Role in Passage of SB 106

Bill Requires Licensure to Act as a Veterinary Technician in Montana DILLON, Mont. (April 21, 2021) –Veterinary Technicians play a critical role in the care of animals. Under the direction of a veterinarian, the job of a veterinary technician involves working with and helping all types of animals. Veterinary technicians use medical knowledge and clinical More Info »

Lawmakers Asked to Consider Funding for Apprenticeships at 2-Year Colleges – Inside Higher Ed

President Biden’s proposed $12 billion in funding for community colleges could go, in part, to help institutions build degree-based apprenticeship programs. As lawmakers consider additional funding for community colleges, higher education leaders are asking them to look at making targeted investments in apprenticeship programs. At hearings Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans seemed united in wanting to More Info »

Higher Education: IRS And Education Could Better Address Risks Associated with For-Profit College Conversions – GAO

Fast Facts A for-profit college can be converted into a nonprofit college if it’s sold to a tax-exempt organization and the Education Department approves the conversion. We testified that in about a third of cases we identified, college owners or officials held leadership roles in the college’s tax-exempt buyer. If that is the case, they More Info »

House Education Hearing Details Spate of For-Profit Institutions Converting to Nonprofit and How ED Can Improve Oversight – NASFAA

The House Education and Labor Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to detail the run of for-profit institutions converting to nonprofit, examining the impact those conversions have on students and taxpayers, honing in on a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found 59 for-profits have transitioned to nonprofits in the last decade. Committee Chairman More Info »

COVID-19: Emergency Financial Aid for College Students under the CARES Act – GAO

In March 2020, many schools (colleges and other institutions of higher education) across the country closed their physical campuses in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) pandemic and began exclusively providing classes online. As a result of these measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, which began during the 2020 school year and continued More Info »

Additional Coverage of April 20 Hearings

For-Profit College Conversions: Examining Ways to Improve Accountability and Prevent Fraud View Witness Testimony and Watch Video Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing to Examine For-Profit College Conversions to Non-Profit Institutions Foxx Opening Statement at Hearing on For-Profit College Conversions COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities More Info »

Lawmakers probe oversight of for-profit college conversions to nonprofit status – Higher Ed Dive

Dive Brief: Congressional lawmakers questioned a panel of higher ed experts during a hearing Tuesday about the oversight of for-profit colleges that convert to nonprofit status. The hearing was held in response to a report earlier this year from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that found conflicts of interest in a third of such transactions More Info »

Exclusive: Education Department data details struggle for students who feel defrauded – Yahoo! Finance

Education Department (ED) data obtained by Yahoo Finance details a backlog of claims from U.S. college students who felt defrauded, underscoring the Trump administration’s deregulatory actions toward U.S. higher education and the regulatory issues inherited by the Biden administration. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens with federally-backed student debt can apply for borrower defense if their More Info »