November 20, 2019

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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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

 

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 

Interactive Map showing free college opportunities by state

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College Promise Programs

Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—programs with the “promise” label have been advanced at local, state, and federal levels. These programs are designed to increase college attainment in particular places. The Kalamazoo Promise program, created in 2005, inspired similar programs in economically disadvantaged communities in Michigan and other states. Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams and others at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research label these programs “place-based scholarship programs,” defined as programs that provide “universal or near-universal access” to financial support for college based on where students reside (e.g., school district or city) or whether they attend specified schools.

Link to article: http://ahead-penn.org/creating-knowledge/college-promise

Link to Map: http://www.whimsymaps.com/view/collegepromise

 

2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual Education Advertising & Marketing survey

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It’s that time again, the 2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual survey, in conjunction with Edufficient, one of the fasting growing EDU-specific Performance Marketing Agencies has arrived.

This survey has become a standard for the industry, bringing together Schools, Lead Providers & Agencies, helping to create an updated master list of industry service providers.

Hundreds of screened participants help make this a valuable tool for all those who participate.

  • All participants are reviewed for accuracy & relevance to the industry.
  • You must complete 75% of the survey questions to qualify and receive results!
  • All requests for survey results from non-participants will be denied!

Service providers contact information must be accurate to qualify. Remember, schools will receive your contact information so they can contact you, so please double check for accuracy.

All School contact information is private and will not be distributed.                        Only vendor info will be made available to participating schools.

Link to Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MYH9MD 

Will Devos help spur growth in the for profit sector?

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HP article:

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first and only senator to really press DeVos on for-profit college accountability issues. She asked DeVos, who admitted to have almost no higher education management or college aid experience, if she supported protecting federal taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse?  DeVos said yes. Warren said she was glad to know that, since Trump’s higher education experience consisted of fraud so bad at his fake unaccredited university that he paid out $25 million to settle claims from students and New York’s attorney general.

Warren pushed, asking DeVos exactly how she would stop fraud. DeVos: “The individuals with whom I work in the Department will ensure that federal monies are used properly and appropriately.”

Warren pressed further, noting that there are already “a whole group of rules“ written by the Obama Administration to protect college students. In particular, she asked DeVos whether she would commit to enforcing the gainful employment rule, which would penalize career college programs, whether at a for-profit, non-profit, or public college, that leave graduates with insurmountable debt. New data released by the Department confirms what for-profit colleges feared as they have lobbied fiercely against the rule: 98 percent of the programs flunking the test in its first year were for-profits.

DeVos responded, “We will certainly review that rule and see that it is actually achieving what the intentions are.”

Link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/devos-declines-to-support_b_14235348.html

 

Wash Post:

Some amount of deflection in responding to pointed questions is inevitable. In some cases, DeVos may not have figured out her position yet on various questions, some of which were overly-specific, and a bit unfair. I didn’t find it unreasonable for her to decline to commit to specific current regulations under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) that she might seek to modify or change.

The most evasive language, in my view, emerged in response to questions about school and college accountability. DeVos was reluctant to commit to strong federal efforts to ensure that all schools will be held accountable. Asked about financial risks posed by charter schools with relationships to Charter Management Organizations, many of which are for-profit, she dodged the issue, responding merely that she would work to “hold schools accountable for educating students.”

And after ducking Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) question about equal accountability for all schools receiving federal funds four times in person, she’s said nothing to clarify her position.

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/01/the-good-evasive-and-very-bad-answers-betsy-devos-gave-to-questions-from-democrats-about-education/?utm_term=.071c53e754ee 

EDU Dive:

  • The growing potential for Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos to support deregulation for for-profit colleges and rollback several guidelines for federal standards on postgraduate outcomes takes centerstage in a Huffington Post editorial this week.
  • Author David Halperin explains that the for-profit industry has reaped billions in public funded student loans while leaving students with little-to-no prospect for gainful employment. But inaccuracies in federal reporting on these outcomes has allowed DeVos and Republicans to challenge the policies outright.
  • DeVos declined to endorse guidance for gainful employment and accountability standards for federal funding to institutions of all types.

Link: http://www.educationdive.com/news/would-betsy-devos-scale-back-regulations-on-for-profit-colleges/435341/

Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies 1/26 – Special Discounted Invitation

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MarketDrivenEdu is pleased to announce The Capital Roundtable’s full-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies.

 

Coming up on Thursday, January 26, in New York City, the theme of this conference is Why Investors Are Concentrating on Tech-Enabled Niches in Education.

 

As a friend of MarketDriveEdu,  you qualify for a special VIP rate — $995 ($500 off the standard rate). 

To register at this special rate, please call Sarah Burd at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at sburd@capitalroundtable.com.

Back in the day, buyouts of for-profit post-secondary school systems were the transactions that put private equity investors on the map in the education sector.

Nowadays, investors have shifted their focus to smaller companies that have carved out niches in the K-12, ed- tech, and continuing education and corporate training sectors — examples are, more sophisticated testing and measurement tools, better data management processes and meeting other specialized educational needs.

 

Our 20 knowledgeable speakers will boost your knowledge of this attractive area through their first-hand experiences and by answering key questions. See speaker list here.

 

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At this conference, you’ll enjoy exceptional networking opportunities. The agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and a buffet lunch, to exchange ideas, swap business cards, and form new relationships.

 

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Trump Wins! How does that affect your school?

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Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Whats the impact on your business?

Gainful Employment?

For much of the race, Mr. Trump offered few clues about his specific plans for higher education, other than he shocked them all.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-s-Surprise-Victory/238346

 

 

 

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