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Chef Marcus Samuelsson is ‘Undercover’ at Monroe College in New Rochelle

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson spent a day at Monroe College’s culinary institute late last year — but nobody was able to recognize him. That’s because Samuelsson, a restaurateur with 30 locations in seven countries, went incognito for a celebrity edition of the CBS show “Undercover Boss,” which implants high-level executives and professionals with entry-level workers More Info »

The ‘Borrower Defense’ Rule Takes Effect in July. Brace for It.

One legacy of the Obama administration that the higher-education sector expected not to survive is the “borrower defense to repayment” regulation, published in October 2016 by the Department of Education. However, unless the head of the department or Congress intervenes, the rule becomes fully effective on July 1. This far-reaching regulation will significantly affect all More Info »

Torrance online college latest for-profit school to shut down

The California National University for Advanced Studies, which has provide online instruction in Torrance since 1993, will close its doors at year’s end, becoming the latest in a string of for-profit educational institutions to go out of business, the Daily Breeze has learned. The school, which operates out of a modest Hawthorne Boulevard office, is More Info »

Brent Fitch Joins Bridgepoint Education as Senior Vice President of Shared Services Operations

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) today announced the appointment of Brent Fitch to the position of senior vice president, shared services operations. In this role, Fitch will develop and implement solutions to continue providing students with high-quality experiences in enrollment, student, and financial aid advising. He will report directly to Chief Operating Officer Chris Henn. More Info »

Signs of a Ceiling in Online Ed Market

Is the community college sector the canary in the coal mine for the online education market? A new survey of online education administrators at 104 colleges and universities released today shows — as other studies have suggested — that public and private four-year institutions saw healthy enrollment growth in their fully online programs in spring More Info »

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Releases Amended Federal Student Loan Servicing Solicitation

Today, the U.S. Department of Education formally amended Phase II of the federal student loan servicing solicitation. The amendment maintains superior customer service and key borrower protections while ensuring the project stays on budget, saving taxpayers more than $130 million over the next five years. The amendment further clarifies the Department’s expectations of the eventual More Info »

FAFSA Hacker Targeted Trump Tax Info

The person accused of a 2016 attempt to use a web-based federal student-aid tool to illegally obtain taxpayer information is a Louisiana-based private investigator who used the tool to target then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, court records obtained by Diverse show. The records allege that when Jordan Hamlett, 31, met FBI agents in the atrium More Info »

Experiments With a New Way of Paying for College

Colleges (and nontraditional providers) experiment with income-share agreements as innovation that could help some people afford education and training. It’s a symptom of the current moment that ideas that might have some merit, or could help solve a problem, are prematurely described by advocates or policy makers (or, yes, journalists) as the “next big thing” More Info »

Aspen Group Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire United States University

Aspen Group, Inc. (OTCQB:ASPU) (“Aspen Group”), a post-secondary education company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire United States University, a regionally accredited for-profit university based in San Diego, California for a total purchase price of $9 million. Terms of the transaction are outlined below. “Aspen Group’s vision is to make More Info »

3 Reasons to Applaud Purdue’s Kaplan Deal

One of the nation’s great public science, technology, and engineering universities, Purdue University, recently announced it was acquiring Kaplan Higher Education, a 15-campus for-profit postsecondary-education chain. While the move has drawn a fair amount of early criticism, this may be a historically important initiative, one that should be applauded by both higher-education institutions and those More Info »