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It’s Almost Impossible for Students to Sue a For-Profit College. Here’s Why.

Washington Post
April 28, 2016

There are all sorts of financial aid, housing and medical forms that most college students can expect to fill out before starting classes, but for the most part only those attending for-profit schools are confronted with a piece of paper that seeks to curb their rights. Enrollment contracts have become a popular way for career schools to protect their financial interest by tucking in clauses that bar students from filing class-action lawsuits or otherwise taking their grievances to the courts.

New York’s Medical Schools Say They Feel Squeeze in Finding Clinical Clerkships

Wall Street Journal
April 27, 2016

New York medical schools and their competitors offshore are clashing over a precious resource: the opportunity for students to watch and learn from doctors in hospitals.

Sallie Mae Rolls Out Parent Loans to Pay for College

Washington Post
April 26, 2016

As parents face the prospect of paying for college this fall, Sallie Mae is offering a new option for those considering borrowing to cover costs. The private lender said Tuesday that it is now providing parent loans at a lower cost than the government.

Facing Pressure on Many Fronts, an Accreditor Promises Reform

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 20, 2016

Anthony S. Bieda, who has been named interim head of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, vowed to make major changes necessary to meet the concerns of federal officials and the organization’s critics. He said those reforms, if approved at the council’s annual meeting in May, would include a new standard holding colleges accountable for the data on student outcomes that they provide to the accreditor and making it easier to put a college on probation.

Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards

New York Times
April 19, 2016

But as colleges increasingly rely on these international recruiters, educators worry that students may be victimized by high-pressure sales tactics, and that universities are trading away academic standards by recruiting less qualified students who pay higher tuition.

For-Profit Colleges Seek Reprieve on ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule

Inside Higher Ed
April 15, 2016

The main association of for-profit colleges in Washington on Thursday asked Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to delay implementation of the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” rule that is aimed at cracking down on for-profit colleges.

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech - Opinion Piece
April 14, 2016

Sean O’Connor writes: Using CrunchBase, I took a look at $5.5 billion invested in 450 edtech companies over the last three years. I’ve highlighted those in this landscape that exhibit the qualities of an amazing company: a great team, an amazing product and the potential for a huge impact.

State AGs Ask Feds to Dump For-Profit College Accreditor

Inside Higher Ed
April 11, 2016

Twelve state attorneys general on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Education to deny federal recognition of one of the largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.

Fight Over Debt Collection Records

Inside Higher Ed
March 31, 2016

Federal lawsuit seeks to force the Education Department to provide information about its debt collection practices, including their impact on minority borrowers.

Companies claiming to help students, borrowers ordered to stop using government logo
March 31, 2016

The Department of Education sent cease-and-desist letters to two companies claiming to help students and student loan borrowers last week, accusing them of improperly implying an affiliation with the agency and asking them to stop.