Compliance & Regulatory

A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Education’s motion to amend an earlier ruling that invalidated several provisions of the controversial “gainful employment” rule, which the agency issued in 2011 in order to ensure that vocational programs prepare students for good jobs.

Under the rule, vocational programs that failed to meet certain benchmarks could become ineligible to receive federal student aid.

In a ruling issued on Tuesday, Judge...

By Kevin Kuzma, Editor

The title sounds noble: the Students First Act.

In those four words, you will find something you can stand behind – a cause we can all champion: protecting students from colleges and universities preying on the unsuspecting through flashy marketing pieces and aggressive phone calling. (Actually, make it two things we can stand behind: protecting students … and our dislike of intrusive marketers.)

Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-...

On February 28, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the “Students First Act” (S. 406), “A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for new program review requirements.”  The bill, which was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), was co-sponsored by that committee’s chairman, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), as well as Senators Richard “Dick” Durbin (D-IL) and John “Jay”...

AUSTIN (AP) — The leader of a legislative effort to link higher education funds to graduation rates said Wednesday there seems to be some quiet resistance from major universities that have publicly endorsed the idea.

Republican Dan Branch of Dallas, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, told a news conference that while the major university systems have endorsed the idea publicly, “they seem to be sending emissaries in to the folks on subcommittees and trying...

By Kevin Kuzma

The last time I was in Washington, it was a few weeks before Christmas and most of the members of Congress had gone home to their districts. I was wandering the streets with a city full of people with nothing better to do than move from hotel lobby to hotel lobby to knock back a few cocktails. The atmosphere was something like an office when the boss has the day off – a city that is normally welcoming was positively jovial to have access to so many bars.

I...