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Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

Testimony of Marc Jerome, President, Monroe College
We should be able to agree that students deserve policies that deter unethical behavior across all sectors and identify institutions in all sectors where student outcomes are poor. Simply put, our policies must protect students, especially low-income students of color, wherever they attend.

Whether it’s a Wave, Ripple, or Undertow … Position Your School to Handle all Political Currents

Whether it’s a Wave, Ripple, or Undertow … Position Your School to Handle all Political Currents

By Aaron Shenck, Executive Director, PAPSA
This article will briefly analyze the fall midterm elections, why its results and other elections matter to your institution, and then provide strategies and ideas for schools to help strengthen their political relationships and public standing in their communities.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education Reform

Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education Reform
By Katherine Brodie, Kristina Gill, Chris Collins, Zach Perlman, Duane Morris LLP, Higher Education Practice Group (Washington, D.C.) This article provides an analysis of the head-spinning, sometimes confounding, and yet hopeful developments we have seen in Washington since the January 2017 start of the 115th Congress and the new Trump Administration.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

New Gainful Employment Guidance Falls Well Short of Expectations

By Tom Netting, Co-Executive Director, CSPEN and Public Policy Advisory, Akerman LLP
As is all too often the case with Gainful Employment, we are once again left with as many questions as answers following the publication of the Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #105 – Additional Time for Submission of an Alternate Earnings Appeal and to Comply with Gainful Employment (GE) Disclosure Requirements.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

How to Conduct a Legislative Visit and Why You Need to do it Now

Written by Barbara A. Schmitz from an interview by Jenny Faubert with Tom Netting, Executive Director, Central States Private Education Network
Netting says there are two opportunities left to make changes to or to replace or repeal the gainful employment regulation before the anticipated publication of the first gainful employment debt-to-earnings metrics in early 2017.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

Recent Cases Addressing the Educational Malpractice Doctrine: Three Key Lessons for Defending Student Claims

By Kimberly Bousquet, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Bousquet examines recent legal authority addressing the educational malpractice doctrine and gives practical advice for using the doctrine in student litigation.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

Schools Want/Need Clarification on Gainful Employment

APSCU submits questions to the Department of Education, receives ambiguous responses
By The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Reprinted with Permission
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) drafted the following questions and submitted them to the Department of Education on behalf of career education institutions. Following the questions are the responses by the Department of Education.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

Contingency Planning for School Closure: Key Issues

By Katherine Brodie, Special Counsel and Edward Cramp, Partner, Duane Morris LLP’s Higher Education Practice Group
School closures have been increasingly common in the private postsecondary education sector and are expected to continue due to the harsh economic and regulatory headwinds impacting schools of all sizes.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

FSA’s Guidance on Gainful Employment Regulation ‘Nothing Short of a Debacle’

APSCU’s Thoughts
The value of the NASFAA testimony is important for two reasons. First, it serves as an independent, highly respected voice making clear there are significant problems with the implementation of the Gainful Employment regulation.

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices

90-10 Presents an Annual Compliance Challenge for School Leadership

By Stephen T. Chema II and Ben Walker, Ritzert & Leyton, PC
“90-10,” this simple ratio, represents the Department of Education’s mandate that all proprietary institutions must “derive at least 10 percent of their revenues for each fiscal year from sources other than Title IV, HEA program funds.”

Committee on Appropriation Hearing – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices