October 22, 2017

DOE Will Allow Two Large For-Profit Colleges To Become Nonprofits

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The Education Department has offered its stamp of approval for the controversial sale of two massive for-profit colleges, Kaplan University and the Art Institutes, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News — allowing both schools to convert to nonprofit colleges. Kaplan, which was purchased by Purdue University, will become a public college.

The two high-profile conversions have been closely watched by the for-profit education industry, which sees them as a bellwether for future attempts to convert to nonprofits. More and more for-profit colleges have been eyeing conversions as the industry continues to struggle to enroll students.

But there were questions about whether conversions would be allowed by federal overseers. The Obama administration had begun to block such deals over concerns that schools would not actually operate as nonprofits, independent from the for-profit entities that once owned them. There were also worries in and out of the administration that nonprofit conversions were being used to evade regulations.

 

Link to article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/the-education-department-will-allow-two-large-for-profit?utm_term=.ojznP2Dyy0#.kn14qB2PPN

 

Are changes in Title IX coming?

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Wednesday, the U.S. Education Department confirmed that the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, would appear at George Mason University on Thursday to make a “major policy address on Title IX enforcement.” That announcement, previously reported by BuzzFeed News, heightened advocates’ fears that Ms. DeVos was poised to roll back the department’s efforts on mitigating campus sexual assault, a hallmark of the Obama years.

BuzzFeed had also reported that the department’s top civil-rights official, Candice Jackson, intended to revisit the department’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter — a directive that laid out exactly what the government expected colleges to do to protect students from sexual violence — through a process called notice and comment.

Link to article: http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-DeVos-Speech-on-Title-IX/241108 

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epic clerical error may wipe out $5 billion in student loan debt

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According to The New York Times, National Collegiate, a conglomeration of 15 trusts that hold 800,000 private student loans worth $12 billion, has recently lost multiple court cases due to bad paperwork — effectively clearing dozens of debtors of the money they owe. The loans currently being disputed total more than $5 billion.

The Times spoke with Samantha Watson, a mother of three who took out private loans to finance a degree in psychology at Lehman College in the Bronx. When her daughter became sick, Watson was unable to afford her high student loan payments. National Collegiate sued her, but their paperwork was incoherent, unorganized and incomplete, her lawyer, Kevin Thomas of the New York Legal Assistance Group, told The Times.

Unfortunately, most borrowers will not experience the same kind of happy ending. Defendants often settle with National Collegiate or ignore the summons altogether.

Link to article: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/19/this-clerical-error-could-wipe-out-5-billion-in-student-loan-debt.html 

 

 

Cosmetology Schools get a little win in Gainful Employment

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A small victory for Cosmetology schools.

A Federal Judge Partially Blocks Enforcement of Gainful-Employment Rule as it pertains to cosmetology schools

6/28/17 A federal district court judge issued an order Wednesday partially blocking enforcement of the gainful-employment rule for cosmetology schools that sued in February to halt the regulation.  Case 1:17-cv-00263-RC Document 30 Filed 06/28/17

The Department of Education  had defended gainful employment in court in March but earlier this month it announced that it would pursue a rewrite of the regulation.

The Federal judge ordered that the cosmetology schools be given additional flexibility with filing appeals of earnings data and that the department must now give those schools more time to file appeals. The order applies only to American Association of Cosmetology Schools programs.

In this case, the Court considers whether the Department of Education (“DOE”) acted
arbitrarily and capriciously with respect to cosmetology schools when it decided to
presumptively use earnings data that does not account for unreported income. Although the
DOE was justified in using reported income as the presumptive measure of overall income, it
arbitrarily and capriciously made rebutting that presumption overly difficult.
In setting standards that determine which proprietary schools’ graduates are entitled to
federally backed student loans, the DOE looks to the rates at which the schools’ graduates are
“gainfully employed.” To determine whether graduates are gainfully employed, the DOE has
adopted a test that compares the graduates’ income levels to their levels of debt. To determine
the graduates’ income, the DOE presumptively uses the Social Security Administration’s
(“SSA”) income data. This data does not account for income that is not reported to the Internal
Case 1:17-cv-00263-RC Document 30 Filed 06/28/17 Page 1 of 40
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Revenue Service. Schools may appeal the DOE’s use of SSA data through “alternate earnings
appeals,” which, if successful, allow them to use alternate measures of income before the debt
to-earnings rates become final. To submit such an appeal, a school is required to use either state
sponsored data pertaining to over half of its graduates during the relevant timeframe or gather
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they may be ineligible for student loans in the near future.

Link to the official order

Devos to potentially roll back Gainful employment and borrower repayment policies

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DeVos Will Roll Back 2 Obama Regulations, a Blow to Consumer Advocates – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The U.S. Department of Education is beginning the process of rolling back two Obama-era regulations aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable and helping students who may have been misled or defrauded by them: the borrower-defense-to-repayment regulation, which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, and the gainful-employment regulation, which was already in effect.

The gainful-employment regulation was meant to hold career-preparation programs accountable for the outcomes of their graduates. Specifically, if the estimated loan payments of a program’s graduates exceed a certain percentage of their income over a period of years, then the program would risk losing federal student aid.

The industry is finally feeling some relief

Link to Chronicle article:  http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Will-Roll-Back-2-Obama/240337?cid=wsinglestory_hp_1

 

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Purdue University acquires Kaplan Online and 15 Campus locations for $1.00

In essence another for-profit to non-profit conversion of sorts.  Interesting way for Purdue to get into the online education sector.

Arlington-based Graham Holdings Co. has sold off its Kaplan University business — and its hundreds of millions in revenue — to Purdue University for just $1.

The deal will place the for-profit education systepurdue acquires kaplan universitym into a new nonprofit structure managed by West Lafayette, Indiana-based Purdue. The nonprofit will pay Graham to operate Kaplan University under a 30-year contract, but the nonprofit has the option to buy out that contract after six years.

Graham Holdings will also receive a share of the revenue generated from the new operation, but its too early to estimate how much that will be because it will be based on future revenue minus expenses.

The for-profit education system has faced several challenging years under the Obama administration, and many companies like Kaplan have been affected.

“I think we have built a very solid business over time. The reality of this is that it has been challenging. Why not put our two forces together and figure it out?” said Pinkie Mayfield, Graham Holdings vice president and special assistant to the chairman, in an interview. She said it would have taken Purdue years to build the type of functionality that Kaplan has been able to with its university system.

Kaplan Higher Education generated $617 million in revenue in 2016, so it represents a big chunk of Graham’s overall revenue, which was $2.5 billion in 2016.

 

link to article: https://www-bizjournals-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/04/27/purdue-universitypaid-just-1-up-front-for-graham.amp.html 

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