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Information and background on the issue of career education accountability

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin seminal report on the for-profit college industry. The news release issued at the time and the full report are here.

Legal Brief from 16 Organizations in Support of the Gainful Employment Rule

On March 1, 2018, 16 organizations representing students, veterans, consumers, faculty and staff, civil rights, and more in support of 18 states in their lawsuit against the US Department of Education to stop the illegal delay of the gainful employment rule. The legal brief documents how the Department’s unlawful actions harm students, remove powerful incentives for schools to obey the law, and violate the APA.

Law Enforcement Investigations and Actions Regarding For-Profit Colleges

Compiled by Republic Report, a list of pending and recent significant federal and state civil and criminal law enforcement investigations of, and actions against, for-profit colleges.  Includes some major investigations and disciplinary actions by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense.  It does not include investigations or disciplinary actions by state education oversight boards.  It also does not include lawsuits prosecuted only by private parties — students, staff, etc.

Policy Brief from Eight Civil Rights Groups in Support of the Gainful Employment Rule

A coalition of eight civil rights organizations released a policy brief, urging the U.S. Department of Education to release a strong gainful employment regulation to protect students, particularly African-American and Latino students, from substandard career education programs. The brief, “Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective,” documents the adverse outcomes that African-American and Latino students experience as a result of policies and practices implemented at for-profit colleges. Students at for-profit colleges are much less likely to graduate, more likely to default, and more likely to incur debt than students at public and non-profit schools. The brief details how a strong gainful employment rule will provide much needed protections to both students and taxpayers.

A Q&A on the Gainful Employment Regulation

Fact Sheet on the New “Borrower Defense” & College Accountability Regulations

Letter from 11 state attorneys general opposing riders that would weaken the Department of Education’s ability to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and protect students (November 2015)

NACAC Letter Opposing Loopholes in Incentive Compensation Ban (June 2015)

Letter from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) opposing an amendment would create dangerous loopholes in the statutory ban on incentive compensation (commissioned sales) that was enacted more than 20 years ago with broad bipartisan support.

Letter to Secretary Duncan from Members of Congress About For-Profit Colleges Converting to Non-Profit (April 2015)

19 Members of Congress sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking him to “carefully examine the recent conversions to determine whether these institutions may legitimately be treated as non-profits for purposes of Department of Education regulations or whether they instead should remain covered by the rules and notifications governing for-profits”. They also ask about the Department’s process for reviewing these conversions.

Q&A on the 90-10 Rule. The 90-10 Rule is a federal law barring for-profit colleges from receiving more than 90% of their revenues from Department of Education federal student aid. It is modeled on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ long-standing 85-15 Rule, which prohibits more than 85% of a program’s students from receiving VA funding.

December 2012 letter to Secretary Duncan from Senators inquiring about CDR manipulation

Duncan response to December 2012 letter from Senators

The Project on Student Debt’s resource page on the federal student loan cohort default rate (CDR) provides background and useful links about cohort default rates for reporters, policymakers, and the general public.

Final Education Department Program Integrity rules released October 28, 2010 which includes regulations on the issues of incentive compensation, misrepresentation, state authorization and credit hour.

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