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Over at Ed Money Watch, Clare McCann argues logically enough that a loophole in the 90/10 rule should be closed. In case you don’t keep up to date on all the latest in arcane higher ed rules, the 90/10 rule “requires for-profit colleges to get no more than 90%of their revenues from Title IV federal student aid.”
The basic idea was to ensure that students pay something—they’ll be more dilContinue Reading »
The new data on federal financial aid recipients that we explored last week continues to yield new insight. Recall that the data is not perfect, as incomes are counted only for “full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received Title IV federal student aid,” so many students are not included. Nevertheless, the data coverContinue Reading »
Along with death and taxes, it has often seemed like rising tuition is an unpleasant reality that we have no choice but to come to terms with. But perhaps rising tuition isn’t inevitable.
While not many people have noticed, tuition has been falling at for-profit colleges. The graph below uses data from the Digest of Education Statistics and shows that after adjusting for inflation, tuitiContinue Reading »
Even a casual reader of education news coverage is sure to come across brouhahas involving the fast-growing, for-profit higher education sector nearly every day. In the past week alone, we’ve read about several developments:Protests among some alumni and board members about the Thunderbird School of Management’s recently announced alliance with global for-profit Laureate Education, Inc. FContinue Reading »
When I heard yesterday that the Minerva Project—seeking a pathway to accreditation—was entering a partnership with the highly specialized Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, part of the Claremont University Consortium, I was a bit surprised and more than a bit skeptical.
Minerva is an audacious, unusually well-funded, for-profit startup that aims to be a sort of high-tech, Continue Reading »
Given all the attention that adjunctification and administrative bloat have been getting recently, we’ll explore university staffing this week. For now, we’re looking at full time staff for colleges that have data going back to 1987-1988. This includes the total number of “faculty”, “professional” staff, and “executive, administrative, and managerial”* staff over time.* Surprisingly only 266 (oContinue Reading »
Education Sector is pleased to unveil Higher Ed Data Central, a new analytical tool for higher education. We think it can help deepen our understanding of higher education by allowing us to combine, organize, and analyze data from a variety of sources (such as the Department of Education’s IPEDS and DAS, USNWR, and other ED data). For the rest of this week, we’ll be highlighting several of the Continue Reading »
It seems like tuition “freeze” proposals are gaining popularity again. We’ve been down this road before. Several states froze tuition in the early 1990s (Virginia, California, Washington, etc.) and they failed, in the long run, to make higher education affordable. These gimmicks fail to increase state investment in higher education and they don’t prevent larger-than-average tuition increases afContinue Reading »
The present for-profit higher education industry is largely an artifact of federal financial aid policy. Students have the right to sign over their federal grant and loan dollars to any accredited college, and if you look at how much the big publicly-traded for-profits charge, you’ll see a tight distribution of price points that not coincidentally track closely with the maximum amount of Continue Reading »
Did the lobbyists at the American Council on Education (ACE) sleep through the hearings that Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa have held on the for-profit higher education industry over the past two years? Were they too busy snoozing to notice all of the scandals embroiling the sector that have exposed the wholesale failure of federal and state regulators and accreditors to safeguard the federal student Continue Reading »