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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives with New Interim Guidance

Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives with New Int...

September 22, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded two pieces of Obama-era guidance that told colleges how they should handle issues related to campus sexual assault, and replaced them with new interim guidance, the department announced on Friday.
The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded two pieces of Obama-era guidance that told colleges how they should handle issues related to campus sexual assault, and replaced them with new interim guidance, the department announced on Friday.

September 22, 2017

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Inside Higher Ed

Federal Audit Challenges Faculty Role at WGU

Federal Audit Challenges Faculty Role at WGU

September 22, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has released the results of a much anticipated high-stakes audit of Western Governors University, with negative findings that could threaten the large online university and, more broadly, the growing field of competency-based education.  Citing concerns about an inadequate faculty role -- which the competency-based university contests -- the inspector general called for the department to make WGU pay back at least $713 million in federal financial aid.  The final audit report, issued today, also said the nonprofit university, which enrolls 83,000 students, should be ineligible to receive any more federal aid payments.
 
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has released the results of a much anticipated high-stakes audit of Western Governors University, with negative findings that could threaten the large online university and, more broadly, the growing field of competency-based education.  Citing concerns about an inadequate faculty role -- which the competency-based university contests -- the inspector general called for the department to make WGU pay back at least $713 million in federal financial aid.  The final audit report, issued today, also said the nonprofit university, which enrolls 83,000 students, should be ineligible to receive any more federal aid payments.
 

September 22, 2017

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The Washington Post

Former Obama Officials Form Group to Combat Trump Rollback of Consumer Protections in Higher Ed

Former Obama Officials Form Group to Combat Trump Rollback of Consu...

September 22, 2017

A cadre of attorneys and policy advisers from the Obama administration is teaming up to do what they say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems incapable of doing: protecting students.  They have formed a coalition, called the National Student Legal Defense Network, that will partner with state attorneys general and advocacy groups to combat what they describe as the erosion of civil liberties and consumer protections under the Trump administration.
A cadre of attorneys and policy advisers from the Obama administration is teaming up to do what they say Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems incapable of doing: protecting students.  They have formed a coalition, called the National Student Legal Defense Network, that will partner with state attorneys general and advocacy groups to combat what they describe as the erosion of civil liberties and consumer protections under the Trump administration.

September 22, 2017

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CNN Money.com

She Thought Her Student Loans Were Forgiven. They Weren't

She Thought Her Student Loans Were Forgiven. They Weren't

September 22, 2017

Debbie Baker was looking forward to October. She would finally be done paying off her student loans -- or so she thought.  She had borrowed money to go back to school for her teaching degree at the University of Tulsa in 1999 and landed a job as a music teacher at a public school. But Oklahoma pays its teachers less than almost any other state in the country. She still earns less than $40,000 a year. When the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was put into place in October of 2007, Baker finally felt some relief. It promised to forgive remaining debt for government and nonprofit workers after making 10 years of qualifying payments. But in July -- two months before the end of her 10 years -- Baker found out she doesn't qualify at all. 
Debbie Baker was looking forward to October. She would finally be done paying off her student loans -- or so she thought.  She had borrowed money to go back to school for her teaching degree at the University of Tulsa in 1999 and landed a job as a music teacher at a public school. But Oklahoma pays its teachers less than almost any other state in the country. She still earns less than $40,000 a year. When the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was put into place in October of 2007, Baker finally felt some relief. It promised to forgive remaining debt for government and nonprofit workers after making 10 years of qualifying payments. But in July -- two months before the end of her 10 years -- Baker found out she doesn't qualify at all. 

September 22, 2017

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Forbes.com

GAO Report Should Trigger Rethink of Accountability in Higher Education - Commentary

GAO Report Should Trigger Rethink of Accountability in Higher Educa...

September 22, 2017

Contributor Preston Cooper writes:  For all private colleges that receive student aid funds from the federal government, the Department of Education calculates a measure of “financial responsibility,” intended to identify which schools might be in choppy financial waters and thus at risk of closure. But the financial responsibility score formula rewards rather than penalizes colleges for borrowing, so long as the debt they take on is long-term. That creates strange incentives for a college with a middling score.
Contributor Preston Cooper writes:  For all private colleges that receive student aid funds from the federal government, the Department of Education calculates a measure of “financial responsibility,” intended to identify which schools might be in choppy financial waters and thus at risk of closure. But the financial responsibility score formula rewards rather than penalizes colleges for borrowing, so long as the debt they take on is long-term. That creates strange incentives for a college with a middling score.

September 22, 2017

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