October 26, 2021

Important DOE Gainful Employment Regulations Info Update Jeri Prochaska, CSPEN

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info Update Jeri Prochaska, CSPEN

Status of our Sector Webinar, we would like to share two new important pieces of information we received today from top-level Department of Education staff responsible for the interpretation and implementation of the GE regulations and metrics.

1.   TIMING OF RELEASE OF DRAFT GE DEBT-TO-EARNINGS DATA
CSPEN has received word that sometime in October, not November as previously forecast by CSPEN and the Department’s own published timelines and Power Point slides, all schools with programs subject to the gainful employment regulations should expect to receive their Draft GE Debt-to-earnings (D/E) data.  While no specific dates were provided, the release could be as early as October 21st – following completion of the first two GE Reading Files and Submitting Challenges webinars, but are more likely to come sometime the week of October 24th. CSPEN also expects the 45 day challenge period to be announced separately either by the end of October or in early November as well.

We again remind you that it is vitally important for your institutions and those within your organization responsible for review of the Draft GE D/E data and possible submission of challenges to the data to strongly consider attending the workshops later this month.  For more information on these important webinars refer to (ANN-16-14) Subject:  Live Internet Webinars – Gainful Employment: Reading Your Draft GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates Files and Submitting Challenges.  http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/ANN1614.html

2.  INTERPRETATION OF TIMING FOR PROPOSED REVISIONS TO 2017 DISCLOSURE TEMPLATE
These same officials also shared that the changes being proposed as part of the September 13, 2016 Federal Register Notice (and the potential for any additional revisions based upon the comment period associate with this Notice which doesn’t close till November 14, 2016) are, in the view and interpretation of the Department, not subject to the Master Calendar and thus all of the revisions – including those based upon the comments – will be implemented as part of the 2017 Disclosure template requirements effective January 31, 2017https://ifap.ed.gov/fregisters/attachments/FR091316.pdf

Devry to cut back on federal student aid

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DeVry Education Group Inc. on Tuesday said it would voluntarily edge down the share of money it gets from federal funding, as it looks to limit its exposure amid a government crackdown on for-profit colleges.

The parent of DeVry University and others said it would limit the revenue that each of its six Title IV institutions derive from federal student aid to 85%, including Department of Veterans Affairs and military tuition assistance benefits. Federal regulations allow for 90%, excluding military assistance.

Chief Executive Lisa Wardell said the move “underscores our commitment to finding solutions to the issues facing higher education today.”

The move would diversify DeVry’s revenue streams as the federal government has clamped down on the for-profit education industry in recent years.

Article from Denver post: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/20/devry-university-limits-revenue-federal-student-aid/ 

 

 

From for-profit colleges to student loans, at what point does sensible policy start to become political bullying?

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We can be remarkably two­faced as a nation when it comes to our higher education system. One day it’s the greatest in the world and the next it fails to meet students’ and employers’ needs and is a financial rip­off. It gets exhausting to keep track of whether we’re really good or really bad at all of this. Mark Twain once said we shouldn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. There are a number of things about college that pundits and policymakers know but won’t discuss or even address, be it to protect their political stance

 

1. Public higher education isn’t really cheaper or better-performing than private higher education There’s how much something costs to make and how much people have to pay for it. Public colleges seem like cheaper alternatives to private non­profit and for­profit education but that’s only because taxpayers, depending on which state you’re from and which institution you attend, foot between 30 and 70 percent of the cost. Take that subsidy away and students at, say, the University of Georgia or Montana State University would be paying ­ and likely borrowing ­ one and a half to twice as much as they do now.

Link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/from-for-profit-colleges-to-student-loans-at-what_us_57cfa1fde4b0f831f7062522?platform=hootsuite

 

ACICS in trouble, federal panel that oversees accrediting agencies voted to de-recognize the council

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The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools got closer to being terminated Thursday after the federal panel that oversees accrediting agencies voted to de-recognize the council, the largest national accreditor that oversees many for-profit colleges.

The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) soon will pass its decision back to the U.S. Department of Education, which last week recommendedshutting down ACICS and will have 90 days to decide the accreditor’s fate. An appeal by the accreditor and lawsuits could follow.

Once the decision is finalized, and if a court doesn’t block it, the 245 colleges ACICS accredits, which enroll up to 800,000 students, would have 18 months to find a new accreditor. Depending who you ask, that process either will be a mad scramble or an easy transition, at least for colleges with solid track records.

Either way, the decision to nix an agency that last year served as a gatekeeper for $4.76 billion in federal financial aid is an extraordinary move.

Link to article: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/24/federal-panel-votes-terminate-acics-and-tightens-screws-other-accreditors

 

The importance of accurate data, Eduventures report

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Defining a Data Quality Diet

While “data quality” may seem like an intuitive concept, its definition varies among stakeholders. For example, they may agree that data has to be accurate but disagree about how often data should be updated to meet the standard.

In order to find consensus, institutional leaders should establish common data quality dimensions and data quality thresholds. A “data quality dimension” is a way to classify institutional information and data-quality needs. Although there is a great deal ofdiscussion about the precise dimensions by which data quality can be determined, establishing these standards allows all stakeholders to view data quality through the same lens. Examples of these dimensions might include:

  • Completeness: All required data is provided
  • Uniqueness: Each entity (e.g., student) is uniquely represented in the database
  • Timeliness: Data represents the required period in time
  • Validity: Data matches established rules (e.g., format)
  • Accuracy: Data accurately represents reality
  • Consistency: Different data instances do not provide conflicting information about the same object (e.g., a college freshman whose age is listed as five years old)

Link to Article: http://www.eduventures.com/2016/06/two-foundational-steps-to-improving-data-quality/

 

Edufficient is a leading EDU advertising firm who specializes in High Accuracy & High Precision thus helping schools grow enrollments while reducing costs.

Compliance Alert: Expand, Gigats, Softrock & ALL vendors using their data!

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PLAINTIFF 4. The FTC is an independent agency of the United States Government created by statute. 15 U.S.C. §§ 41-58. The FTC enforces Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. 5. The FTC is authorized to initiate federal district court proceedings, by its own attorneys, to enjoin violations of the FTC Act and to secure such equitable relief as may be appropriate in each case, including rescission or reformation of contracts, restitution, and the disgorgement ofill-gotten monies. 15 U.S.C. §§ 53(b) and 56(a)(2)(A).

 

DEFENDANTS 6. Defendant Expand, Inc. (“Expand”), also doing business as Gigats, also doing business as Education Match, also doing business as SoftRock, Inc., is an Illinois corporation with its principal place of business in Orlando, FL. Expand transacts or has transacted business in this district and throughout the United States. 7. Defendant Ayman A. Difrawi, also known as Alec Difrawi, also known as Ayman El-Difrawi, is the founder, self-described ·’quarterback,” chief executive officer, and a director of Expand. At all times material to this Complaint, acting alone or in concert with others, he has formulated, directed, controlled, had the authority to control, or participated in the acts and practices of Expand, including the acts and practices set forth in this Complaint. Defendant Difrawi resides in this district and, in connection with the matters alleged herein, transacts or has transacted business in this district and throughout the United States.

 

Link to case: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/160428gigatscmpt.pdf 

 

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Federal judge rules Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks the authority to investigate for-profit-college accreditors.

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A federal judge on Thursday struck a blow to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent foray into college accreditation, ruling that the bureau lacks the authority to investigate how accreditors approve for-profit colleges.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon rejected the CFPB’sattempt to force an embattled national accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, to turn over information about how it decided to approve several controversial for-profit college chains.

“Although it is understandable that new agencies like the CFPB will struggle to establish the exact parameters of their authority, they must be especially prudent before choosing to plow headlong into fields not clearly ceded to them by Congress,” wrote Leon, who was nominated by President George W. Bush. “Thus, having concluded that the CFPB lacks authority to investigate the process for accrediting for-profit schools, I am compelled to deny its petition to enforce civil investigative demand.”

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ECPI University Acquires College of Nursing in Orlando – Offers a 1 year Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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ECPI University is proud to announce its acquisition of Remington College of Nursing, located just outside Orlando’s city center in Lake Mary, Florida. With it, ECPI University is now able to offer an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) which allows students to graduate in just one year.

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ECPI University is proud to announce its acquisition of Remington College of Nursing, located just outside Orlando’s city center in Lake Mary, Florida. With it, ECPI University is now able to offer anAccelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) which allows students to graduate in just one year.

“This is one of the very few programs in the country that allow recent college graduates to prepare for a nursing career in such a short time,” says Orlando Campus President Mike Fontaine. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for someone to enter the nursing profession without disrupting their lives and having to attend college for several years.”

To enroll in this program, prospective students need to have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Any major is accepted – business, history, one of the sciences, etc. In certain cases, some prerequisite class may be required prior to enrollment.

“We believe this program is going to be a great benefit to the healthcare profession as a whole,” says Fontaine. “Baby boomers are aging and demand for healthcare is on the rise. With greater strains on the healthcare system, doctors are looking to nurses to perform higher-level responsibilities. In turn, those nurses must first acquire higher-level skills.”

This trend in evidenced by a campaign underway by the American Nurses Association which has set a goal that 80 percent of all nurses hold a BSN by 2020. Nationally, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ECPI University’s College of Nursing is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic. The Orlando campus will mirror ECPI University’s tradition of academic excellence and history of valued partnerships with leading healthcare providers. Faculty and staff at the University look forward to working with the campus’ impressive list of clinical partners which include:

  • Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
  • Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies
  • South Seminole Hospital
  • Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
  • UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health
  • Health Central Hospital
  • Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital
  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
  • Bert Fish Medical Center
  • Central Florida Behavioral Hospital
  • Florida Department of Health in Seminole County
  • Florida Department of Health in Lake County

For more information about this program, please contact ECPI University Orlando Campus President Mike Fontaine at 407.562.9100 or MFontaine(at)ecpi(dot)edu. For media inquiries, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt(at)ecpi(dot)edu.

About ECPI University

ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.

Throughout all campuses and online, its fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Network Security, Information Systems, Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development, Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical Imaging Equipment Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit http://www.ecpi.edu.

Federal Court Upholds Gainful-Employment Rule, a loss for the For-Profit Group

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The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities has lost another challenge to the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment rule. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the department’s rule, which seeks to judge career-oriented programs based on graduates’ ability to repay their loans, could stand after the association appealed a prior ruling.

Read the decision.

The association, the leading lobbying group of for-profit colleges, had argued that the department had overstepped its authority in issuing the rule, and that the rule represented an unreasonable interpretation of the federal student-loan program. In a decisive passage, the panel rejected that argument:

Had Congress been uninterested in whether the loan-funded training would result in a job that paid enough to satisfy loan debt, it would have created a federal grant system instead of a federal loan system focusing on preparation for gainful employment.

Link to article: http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/federal-court-upholds-gainful-employment-rule-dealing-for-profit-group-another-loss/109294

Link to decision: http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/files/2016/03/apscu.pdf 

 

UoP going Private

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University of Phoenix selling College to Appolo Global

Apollo Education Group (APOL) will sell itself to a group of investors, which will take the company private. A former deputy secretary of the Department of Education, Tony Miller, will take the helm at a tough time. Its shares plunged 75% in 2015.

“For too long and too often, the private education industry has been characterized by inadequate student outcomes, overly aggressive marketing practices, and poor compliance. This doesn’t need to be the case,” Miller said in a statement.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/08/pf/college/university-of-phoenix-online-sold/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom