July 25 – August 1, 2014

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says
    “Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee’s Democratic majority. …”
  • New Policy Report Recommends Ways to Make PSLF More Sustainable, Effective
    “A new report authored by a broad cross section of the nation’s financial aid administrators makes key recommendations for continuing and improving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program….”
  • Startup Schools: America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities
    “For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley’s reach has extended across California, as the state’s schools took over half of this year’s top ten spots….”
  • For-Profit Bridgepoint Facing 2 Investigations
    “Bridgepoint, which runs Ashford University, said the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office last week issued a “civil investigative demand” for information about whether the company’s business practices complied with the state’s consumer protection laws….”
  • Baby Steps for Higher Ed Act
    “The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data….”
  • Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education
    “Congressional hearings often feature bitter partisanship and acrimonious finger pointing. But there was mostly agreement on Thursday at a higher-education hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions….”
  • Tufts Day Care Change Criticized
    “Parents unhappy with switch to for-profit firm….”
  • The Invisible Force Behind College Admissions
    “Despite the windowless, bunker-like atmosphere inside the Erie conference room of the Sheraton in downtown Chicago, Galen Graber has to be impressed by his audience: a swath of the 1,500 top admissions and financial aid officials from 635 different schools who have gathered to set policies that determine which kids get into which college and how much money they’ll receive….”
  • GE Partners with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
    “General Electric and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have teamed up to provide customized graduate-level educational programs for information technology professionals….”

Local News

California

  • Charter High School for Science and Technology Approved
    “A charter school for high school students focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics will open in 13 months, but the move is opposed by a number of local school district superintendents….”
  • For-Profit College Faulted Over Veteran Enrollments
    “The state of California has banned the San Diego campus of the University of Phoenix from enrolling additional veterans in seven of its programs, joining a growing list of government agencies cracking down on for-profit colleges….”

Illinois

  • Private School Proposes $40M Relocation to Illinois Medical District
    “The Village Leadership Academy, a private elementary and middle school in the South Loop, wants to build a multimillion dollar campus three miles west in the Illinois Medical District….”
  • Student Housing: Make Money, Stop Crime
    “Harrison Street Real Estate Capital CEO Chris Merrill is always on the hunt for non-traditional assets. That’s why his company is so heavily invested in the student housing game, with properties near more than 80 universities across the country….”

Florida

  • Florida Tech Launches the First BA in Aviation Management Online
    “Ranked a Tier 1 Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, regionally accredited Florida Tech is introducing the aviation industry’s only Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management offered 100 percent online. Students earning this degree gain career-specific aviation and management knowledge delivered using University Alliance’s dynamic, video-based e-learning environment….”

Michigan

Minnesota

  • MnSCU Reaches Tentative Deal with University Faculty
    “Details of the settlement, which must be approved by the full faculty and board of trustees, were not released. Earlier this year, the two sides brought in a state mediator to help with the stalled talks, which also revealed a strained relationship between faculty and MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone….”

Pennsylvania

Texas

World News