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For-profit universities in the US have a record of aggressive marketing practices, poor completion rates, and producing graduates with uncertain job prospects and high levels of debt.
So why would Purdue University, a state university in Indiana founded in 1869, buy Kaplan University, a for-profit institution with a record of federal investigations and lawsuits from former students?
Purdue is eager to offer online education, and acquiring Kaplan was cheaper that building a new system form scratch, Purdue president Mitch Daniels said in a statement. The school doesn’t have to pay anything upfront, and “will enter into a long-term transition and support agreement, with a buy-out option after year six,” according to a FAQ page.

For-profit universities in the US have a record of aggressive marketing practices, poor completion rates, and producing graduates with uncertain job prospects and high levels of debt.
So why would Purdue University, a state university in Indiana founded in 1869, buy Kaplan University, a for-profit institution with a record of federal investigations and lawsuits from former students?
Purdue is eager to offer online education, and acquiring Kaplan was cheaper that building a new system form scratch, Purdue president Mitch Daniels said in a statement. The school doesn’t have to pay anything upfront, and “will enter into a long-term transition and support agreement, with a buy-out option after year six,” according to a FAQ page.

Public universities have been forced to become more entrepreneurial as states have dramatically cut funding. It’s no surprise that Daniels, the former Republican governor of Indiana who slashed the state’s higher-ed budget, would be pushing Purdue to find new sources of revenue.
Still, it’s an unexpected turn in American higher education, with a market-driven disruptor swallowed by the stodgy old incumbents. But it may be that the for-profit executives just misread the market signals: Students, it seems, didn’t just want convenient education; they also wanted it to be p

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Cardinal not wanted after his role in handling sex abuse allegations

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York since 2009, will speak at the University of St. Thomas' May commencement ceremony despite student calls for the university to reconsider.

Students say they are concerned about Dolan's role in handling sexual abuse allegations when he was archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the early 2000s.

A petition calling for the private Montrose university to cancel the speech brought more than 100 signaturesin the last several days, and four students Thursday afternoon distributed leaflets from the heart of campus with photos of Dolan's face, media coverage of allegations against him and a link to an online petition.

"Send it to everyone you know," said Victoria Villarreal, a senior studying communications, as she passed a flier to a woman.

"I did," she responded.

University President Robert Ivany said Thursday morning that he does not believe the criticism reflects general opinion on the 3,300-student campus. The university's governing board of directors selected Dolan to speak two years ago in a unanimous decision, he said. The university announced last week that he would speak at commencement.

Before assuming his current role in New York, Dolan served as archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. Under his leadership, abusive priests were paid up to $20,000 for agreeing to be removed from the clergy.

"Was it a payoff, was it a settlement, was it an impetus - I wouldn't say that, nor would I say it was a normal practice, but it was done," he said in a 2012 deposition about the payments. The payments, he said, were to help accused priests transition out of their positions and get medical insurance.

Ordained as a priest in 1976, Dolan has served in Missouri, Washington, D.C., and Rome. He had a prominent role in President Donald Trump's inauguration, leading the nation in prayer from the Capitol moments before Trump took office.

He was appoint

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Turkey – Yeditepe University, a leading private university in Istanbul, Turkey, has received awards for all of its nine entries in ISIF’17 (the 2017 Istanbul International Inventions Fair), becoming the only institution to have all its entries honoured among all the institutions from all over the world that participated in the fair. As a testimony to Yeditepe’s commitment to innovation and inventiveness, the awards also showcased its already well-known image: a university with strong relations with the industry and the community. In addition to regular awards, Yeditepe was also honoured by TPE’s Best National Patent award for one of its entries.

The Istanbul International Inventions Fair is an internationally renowned annual event hosted by TPE (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office) with international support from WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), EPO (European Patent Office), and IFIA (International Federation of Inventors’ Association). A total of 389 patents of industrial and academic institutions from North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East had been submitted to ISIF’17 that took place in March 2017 at Istanbul WOW Convention Center. The entries were judged by a panel of international jurors.

Yeditepe University is one of the largest and most reputable private universities in Turkey, known for its strong programmes in engineering, social sciences and education, arts and sciences, law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, health sciences, fine arts, architecture, and, business and commerce. Offering most of its programmes in English at both undergraduate and graduate levels, Yeditepe also attracts a large number of international students from all over the world as well as Turkish students from all regions of Turkey, resulting in a quite diverse body of students.

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About 2,000 Kentucky students are eligible for debt relief after getting loans to take online classes through the for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc., Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday.

In Kentucky, the company solicited students under the name Everest College and Everest University. Corinthian also marketed its WyoTech career training program throughout the state.

Beshear’s office is notifying eligible students by letter of the cancellation of the federal student loans they used to attend Corinthian schools. Students whose federal loans are canceled will not have to make further payments on the loan and any payments made by the student will be refunded.

“As attorney general, my mission is to protect Kentucky’s families from consumer fraud, especially the ongoing deception by for-profit colleges like Corinthian,” Beshear said. “We must do everything in our power to ensure eligible Kentucky students get all the debt relief from fraudulent Corinthian loans.”

Federal and state investigators examined Corinthian’s job placement rates, alleging that the company falsified those rates between 2010 and 2014. Currently, Corinthian is not allowed to enroll students and is only remaining open to “teach out” current students.

Beshear’s letter will go to Kentucky students who fall within the U.S. Department of Education’s findings of fraud concerning Corinthian, and who are eligible for a special “streamlined” process to discharge their federal student loans.

Any student, however, who attended Corinthian Colleges or any other school and believes the school lied about job prospects, the transferability of credits or other issues may apply to have his or her federal student loans discharged using the Department of Education’s universal discharge application at https://borrowerdischarge.ed.gov. More information is available at https://studentaid.ed.gov/borrower-defense.

Beshear said Kentucky and states across the country are keeping pressure on the federal government to honor their commitment to help student

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In a move that has raised eyebrows with higher education experts, a well-regarded public university has forged a deal with a for-profit college.
Purdue University announced Thursday that it has paid $1 up front to acquire assets from Kaplan University in an attempt to expand its offerings in online education targeted toward adult learners.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels said at a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday that the Indiana university wants to be a leader as online education continues to grow, but that it wasn’t capable of doing that on its own. “Today’s agreement moves us from a standing start to a leading position,” Daniels said in a statement.
Purdue will turn Kaplan into a yet-to-be-named new public university that will, for the time being, continue offering the same set of academic programs. Kaplan’s 3,000 employees will be transferred, as will its 32,000 students. Purdue says it will take over the academic side of the operation, while Kaplan will continue non-academic services, including marketing and student recruitment.
The new university will be self-sufficient and run off of tuition revenue and fundraising. Students will pay Kaplan's existing tuition and fees, although Purdue said Indiana students may receive an in-state discount.
Trouble-Plagued Industry
While Kaplan has one of the stronger names in for-profit education, the industry has faced years of declining enrollment, heightened regulations, legal battles, and broad criticism for loading students up with debt and providing meaningless degrees. At Kaplan itself, enrollment fell 22% in 2016 and its revenue is down 40% from 2014, according to an annual report from Graham Holdings, which owns Kaplan.
As David Halperin, a policy analyst who writes about for-profit colleges, points out in a piece on Huffington Post, Kaplan has been investigated by or settled cases -- some for more than $1 million -- with attorneys general in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, as well as with the U.S. Departments of Education and Just

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo just took the first step in creating accessible college education statewide. On April 12, Cuomo signed legislation that will enact the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Scholarship program that will provide tuition-free college for both SUNY and CUNY institutions to middle-class families and those who might not have been able to afford it beforehand.

Under this plan, families making under $125,000 yearly will qualify for tuition-free college, meaning that nearly 80 percent, or more than 940,000 families with college-aged children will be eligible.

The plan, proposed by Cuomo back in January, has caught the attention and approval of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sanders commended Cuomo for his efforts toward creating easily accessible higher education.

“Every American, regardless of income, must have the right to a higher education,” Sanders said. “I congratulate Gov. Cuomo and New York State for helping to lead the nation in that direction.”

A driving force behind the plan lies in the estimation of 3.5 million jobs in New York State requiring an associate’s degree or higher by the year 2024.

The Excelsior Scholarship program will be implemented in phases over the next three years. Beginning in the fall of 2017, families making under $100,000 will be given the opportunity to apply to the program. Within the next year, the cap will be raised to $110,000 and to $125,000 in subsequent years.

Despite its seemingly beneficial attributes, the governor’s plan has been met with skepticism.

While the plan claims that 940,000 families would be eligible, the amount of families who would receive the benefits would be significantly less.

According to The New York Times, the plan will not cover as many families as the governor hopes it will. By the time the plan is fully enacted in 2019, director of State Operations Jim Malatras believes it will only cover 200,000 families rather than the approximate million that had been originally estimated

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“It’s time for a new approach to building better relationships with policymakers. We need legislators from outside regent communities to be on the task force.”

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OWA CITY — With state support for higher education floundering, and more tuition increases looming, several lawmakers say they support and would be involved in a Board of Regents-led task force focused on future tuition-setting practices and rates.

During its April meeting last week in Council Bluffs, board members pitched the idea of forming a task force with “a wide representation of regent constituencies” that could meet this summer to have a discussion about tuition at the public universities.

Outgoing board President Bruce Rastetter said the collaboration could address state priorities and help students and families plan.

“The board has tried very hard in the last five years to get out in front to let legislators and parents know what our tuition increase would be if we get a certain amount of state support,” Rastetter said. “Clearly that went off the rails this year because of the Iowa economy. But there was also a difference in how Iowa funds education and how the regents system has been funded.”

Board spokesman Josh Lehman said this week his office is developing a framework for such a group.

At the meeting, Rastetter said that Iowa “really needs a holistic approach to whether it can afford all the education that it has — the pre-K-12, the community college system, the Iowa Tuition Grant program, and properly funding the regents.”

Propelling the idea was a rough legislative session brought on by lower-than-expected state revenue growth. Lawmakers delivered body blows to the public universities — cutting $20.8 million from their base general education funding for the current year and further reducing base state appropriations in 2018.

The cuts prompted regents last week to signal another tuition increase for fall — on top of the already approved 2 percent rise for resident undergraduates. Later this summer, the board cou

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As high-school seniors recently admitted to college start to think about furnishing their dorm rooms, they'll soon learn there are some fairly universal items they will need to avoid.

Items that pose a risk of hazard to students, like toasters, space heaters, and even Christmas trees, are frequently banned from their rooms.

But another set of items, once banned, are increasingly allowed on college campuses across the nation: concealed weapons.

"Utah was the first state to allow guns on campus in 2004," Andy Pelosi, executive director of The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, told Business Insider. "Since then, there has been a trend of pretty much one state a year changing their laws," he continued.

In the year 2000, no states had laws on their books that allowed guns on college campuses. Today, 10 states have signed such laws. And an eleventh, Georgia, passed such legislation in March. It's awaiting the governor's signature.

Campus carry laws generally only pertain to public colleges and universities, though some require private colleges to take an affirmative step to opt-out.

The mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 may have accelerated campus carry laws. That's when the gun lobby picked up its fight in support of campus carry, according to Pelosi.

Ten years ago this April, Virginia Polytechnic Institute senior Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before killing himself. The tragedy brought both proponents and opponents of gun control into the fray.

Those in favor of reforming gun laws cited Cho's history of mental health issues, and argued he should have never been able to purchase two semi-automatic weapons to carry out the attack. On the other side, opponents of gun control said that an armed student or faculty member could have prevented, or diminished, the casualties.

Since then, other arguments for guns have become popular. As colleges grapple with sexual assault prevention on campus, some say that guns will help women protect themselves.

Legislators also maintain that

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IRVING – In the world of academics, there are few places left like the University of Dallas.

"We're ok with UD being confused with UTD. But we don't want the University of Dallas to be confused with the University of Phoenix," said Anne Lorimer, a 2009 graduate.

There is a 10-to-1 student to faculty ratio at the Irving school, the student loan default rate is 1.2%, the lowest in the state and the only debt UD has is for a dormitory building.

But this small college, well known for liberal arts, is at a crossroads.

"I don't want to hurt our core curriculum. What I want to do is make sure we have enough money to ensure we can do this for decades to come and that requires creativity and courage,” explained Thomas Keefe, University of Dallas president.

Financially, the university has never been in a better place.

But by 2022, Keefe said, UD’s projections show that expenses will outpace revenue.

"Five years down the road we need to have more revenue. No question," he added.

How to generate that extra money to sustain the university is where opinions split.

Keefe said local corporations want a degree completion program for their employees; an idea he said UD is studying.

The school is also looking at how to attract more transfer students while protecting the core curriculum, perhaps developing more rigorous AP credit courses and determining whether it can take classical masters degrees to share them with more people who can only study on the weekend and evenings, explained Keefe.

But faculty and alumni worry that growing UD might dilute the liberal arts for which this school is known.

“What I don’t buy and what the alumni don’t buy is that this proposal for the college is going to solve that [financial] problem,” added Lorimer. “By adding another college we’re copycatting. This is something other colleges do. We’re not trying to be like other colleges.”

Alumni don't dispute the university could use more money but said they want President Keefe to better sell what UD’s liberal arts.

Students plan a protest

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Traverse City — A local education nonprofit has sealed a deal to purchase a northwest Michigan elementary school, but operation-related details are still unclear and officials aren’t publicly discussing options.

The Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation finalized a $1.1 million deal Wednesday to purchase Old Mission Peninsula School from Traverse City Area Public Schools, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

Foundation officials are exploring ideas to either launch an independent charter school or collaborate with the district to provide services to the elementary school’s nearly 200 students following the closure.

A committee applied for the school to receive charter authorization through Grand Valley State University. The university’s deputy director of charter schools, Robert Kimball, said the application earned a second approval last week. The university’s board of trustees is expected to make a final recommendation about Old Mission’s future in July.

Foundation Vice President Corey Phelps said the foundation will pick a direction soon but will eventually make the final decision in a private meeting.

“We’re not going to discuss (authorization) at this point,” Phelps said. “There will be a school open in the fall of 2018. We’re working diligently on all fronts.”

Phelps declined to go into detail about a back-up plan should the charter authorization be denied amid a competitive charter market.

The charter application noted public concerns about the proposed school’s sustainability, curriculum and administration but said that those opinions are an “in town” minority and highlighted plans to aggressively market the school against its competition.

School district Superintendent Paul Soma assured that every teacher at Old Mission will be offered another position somewhere else in the district following the school’s closure.

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