Many Nonprofit College Programs Would Fail Gainful Test

“Data in a new online tool raise questions about how well public and nonprofit colleges and universities are doing in helping students earn enough to repay their debt…

“…We’ve only really applied the accountability metrics once,” said Andrew Gillen, senior policy analyst in the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Innovation in Education. “What would happen if we applied the exact income and debt measures to other institutions? What was shocking [was] how many programs are failing and how many students are attending those programs,” he said.

“ This indicates that a lot of the people asserting that for-profits are uniquely bad actors are wrong — as a group, their performance is quite similar to that of nonprofits.”

“There are problematic programs in all sectors,” Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, the association representing private for-profit institutions, said. However, he didn’t expect a break in the stalemate. “The partisanship that has divided the country has entered higher education,” Gunderson said.

Excerpts from Inside Higher Education, 1.16.20  |  By Kery Murakami

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/01/16/profit-programs-not-only-ones-would-fail-gainful-employment-test

How to disrupt higher ed (in a good way!)

SEI executive Karl McDonnell notes that college students aged 25 to 34 increased enrollment by 35% between 2001 and 2015, and are expected to grow by another 11% by 2026. He recommends operational focus on 1) economic mobility/employability, 2) flexibility/affordability, and 3) engaging educational content as three ways to disrupt and transform higher education delivery, services and outcomes.

SEI supports educational ROI (return on investment) as an important consideration of the value post-secondary education to students. The author further cites “net present value” measured over a span of 40 years as “the most comprehensive benchmark” for judging value.

The report also describes revisions to general studies curricula, a subscription-based tuition model, and documentary-style course content to enhance and engage student learning.

To read more: It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Ed. Here’s How. By Karl McDonnell, Dec. 19, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/brand-studio/wp/2019/12/19/6566/

New study explains gaps in higher ed filled by career colleges and schools

Research published by Laura Beamer and Marshall Steinbaum describes the “drastic inequality along lines of race, gender, class and geography” that in many cases is remedies only by the presence of a proprietary college or school. The authors note the persistence of “education deserts” generates “sparse” political attention, even though the phenomenon has a great deal to with the holy grail of post-secondary education: access.

The study, entitled “Unequal and Uneven: The Geography of Higher Education Access” introduces a new metric, the SCI (school concentration index). Those markets with an SCI of 10,000 or higher are considered “education deserts.” The consequence currently applies to more than 40.8 million people in the U.S.

The research also explains how proprietary colleges and schools frequently step in to serve the education deserts, or markets with no more than one public institution within a 45-minute drive. “In the years after the financial crisis, when ‘retraining’ was the watchword of the day, research has demonstrated the demand-responsiveness of private for-profits.”

To read the full report, go to https://phenomenalworld.org/analysis/geography-of-higher-ed

House version of HEA restricts choice for Veterans

Veterans for Career Education (VCE) provided details today of provisions in the House version of the reauthorized Higher Education Act that would restrict access to proprietary career colleges by veterans and their family members.

“If this bill passes in its current form, Congress is essentially telling veterans that they are incapable of choosing the school that best fits their career goals,” VCE said from Washington, D.C.

For more information go to https://www.vetsforcareered.org/

New Online Course Available! Go to KACCS Online Training Center

While no instructor can possibly identify with every aspect of a veteran’s experience, it is possible to become more aware of some of the challenges facing veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life:

ED142- Military Veterans: Integrating Veterans into Post-Secondary Classes examines the various challenges veterans face when attempting to pursue courses of study following military engagements and service.

Learn more about this course by visiting the KACCS Online Training Center at www.kaccstraining.org. Members, contact KACCS or vip@kaccstraining.org for VIP discount codes for online courses.

This online training opportunity is courtesy MaxKnowledge, Inc. for KACCS member colleges and schools and their faculty, staff and leadership.

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How The Higher Education Monopoly Shuts Down For-Profit Competitors

By Terry Schilling, American Principles Project, September 30, 2019

The higher education establishment often promotes the idea that their effort to corner markets, maximize revenue from consumers, and destroy competition is all done in good faith out of compassion for the students they serve. After all, universities are nonprofits, therefore (or at least so the implication suggests) they are nothing like those terrible for-profit businesses in the proprietary education sector.

“… like so many powerful industries, the higher education establishment is calculating and cutthroat, which is why they have been using whatever means possible to destroy their biggest competitor: the for-profit college sector.”

But “nonprofit” is only a tax designation — it’s certainly not a business model. Universities obviously profit. The only real difference between for-profits and nonprofits is where the profit goes. Instead of distributing profit to shareholders like a for-profit business, nonprofit universities can reinvest in luxury student amenities, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and other capital improvements not necessarily related to student academic achievement, not to mention administrator salaries, all the while using these expenses to justify charging increasingly higher tuition.

Read more at https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/30/schilling-higher-education-competition

KACCS sets priorities for HEA reauthorization

In a letter to Rep. Brett Guthrie (Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District), the organization lists its priorities for Congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which guides the regulation of all colleges and universities in the U.S. whose students receive federal financial aid.

The correspondence reads, in part: ” We believe strongly that a level playing field must be established and preserved for all education providers regardless of their tax status…Protect(ing) the ability for veterans and service members to use their earned benefits at the college or school of their choice… and preserv(ing) and expand(ing) student aid for quality and effective career education programs as short as eight weeks in length, to promote more agile training sector responses to current and emerging workforce shortages.”

Read the full letter at the link below.

Board of Directors nominations

KACCS defends the best interests of the career education sector through effective government relations and community networking. KACCS occasionally needs to fill vacant positions on the Board of Directors.  If you or someone you know who is affiliated with a KACCS member institution or associate member organization is interested in becoming a board member, please contact ed.kaccs@gmail.com.

The Board meets on average one time per month, by telephone.  Last year, two in-person meetings were held, typically coincidental with the annual meeting or an event sponsored by KACCS.  

Board members are asked to apply their insight and ideas about how to strengthen career colleges and schools in Kentucky. Please share this appeal for candidates so that KACCS may encounter the best leadership talent in the Commonwealth. Or recommend an individual from a KACCS member college or school to fill the vacancy on the Board.

Koenig recognized for service to career education

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, has been named the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2019 Legislator of the Year.

Rep. Koenig serves as chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee. The Legislator of the Year award was announced Friday, Aug. 9., during the KACCS annual conference, which was held at Sullivan University in Louisville.

Ernst named KACCS President

LOUISVILLE – Chris Ernst, Senior Vice President for Administration at Sullivan University, has been elected president of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS).

Ernst, a Louisville native and Sullivan University graduate, officially began his tenure as president during the Aug. 9 KACCS annual conference, which was held at Sullivan University in Louisville. He follows past presidents Cindy Landry of ATA College and Jan Gordon, also of Sullivan University.

As KACCS president, Ernst will manage the business and affairs of the organization while reporting to the KACCS Board of Directors and membership.

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Images below from “Navigating change through innovation,” the 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition.

Thanks to Ambassador, Elsevier, Cengage, Creative-Image Technology, McGraw Hill, Pearson, TFC Tuition Financing, Jones & Bartlett, Viktory Student, F.A. Davis, Pantheon Student Solutions, and Integri-Shield for supporting the career education sector in the Bluegrass State!

Let Vets Choose: Tour comes to Louisville!

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Career college student veterans, current and alumni, turned out in Louisville Aug. 5th to learn more about how they can protect their right to choose a college or career-oriented school without interference from federal policy makers. For more information about the issues and the active mobilization on behalf of Veterans’ choice, go to link below: Veterans for Career Education.

http://vets4careered.org/about-vce/

Learn more about issues and policies confronting the Career Education sector at the 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition, Friday, Aug. 9th in Louisville. There is still time to register!

The 2019 KACCS Conference & Exhibition Aug. 9th!