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Government Only Pays Attention To Tuition At For-Profits, But Not Nonprofits

In January of 2017, the United States Department of Education came out with a list of hundreds of colleges that are considered to be failing. These colleges were put on the list because of the fact that the graduates from those schools are charging unreasonable tuitions that an alarming amount of their graduates cannot pay back.

The list particularly focuses on for-profit colleges. It includes a number of schools specializing in graphic design, cosmetology, barbering and lower level health professions. There are also for-profit schools such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan University.

A program run by Harvard has even made it onto this list. The program is called A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University. Each year, the program at Harvard admits two dozen students. It is a two year graduate program that gives students a choice of dramaturgy, voice pedagogy or acting. The average salary that graduates of this program make is $36,000. Students borrow about $78,000 for the degree, and the average two year tuition is $63,000. Owing to the fact that the program is a graduate program, students are allowed to borrow all of their expenses for living from the government—despite the conditions of their credit histories.

This fall, A.R.T Institute at Harvard University decided to pause enrollment, due to the fact that government regulations have put the program’s federal aid eligibility in a compromising position.

The Art Institute is also on the government’s list of failing schools. The Art Institute has no relation to A.R.T. Institute as Harvard University—it is a totally different institution with a name that sounds similar.

The problem is that the government is putting extra attention on for-profit schools while not paying attention to the fact that plenty of nonprofit schools are charging too much money and putting students into more debt than they can afford. There needs to be a change. The government should bring the hammer down on nonprofit schools, as well as for-profit schools.

Betsy DeVos under fire for schedule oddities

Since she was first nominated by President Donald Trump to be the United States secretary of education, Betsy DeVos has come under fire for one reason or another. This week, the problem with DeVos, who has been known to be hostile to public schools for decades is that her published schedule doesn’t seem to mirror her actual schedule.

US News is reporting there are quite a few people noticing this little anomaly. It also doesn’t appear the secretary is letting people know what she is planning on doing from one day to the next. Devos’ most recently updated schedule ends on October 20. The schedule being slow to update is only part of the problem.

On the last week that the office has published every day is notated as “There are no public events scheduled at this time.” The problem is that it appears she was making plenty of appearances.

On October 27, DeVos gave a speech at the Future Farmers of America convention. She also made an appearance at a round table that was geared towards figuring out how the department of education could better serve children with special needs.

The most interesting thing about both of these tidbits is that DeVos’ appearance at either one of these events would not be considered even a little bit controversial. So why is she hiding them?

Those who have been studying the way DeVos carries herself say that she simply does not go out of her way to make sure the public knows where she’s going to be. While this is not the biggest problem the federal government has ever faced, it’s clear that there are plenty of watchdog groups that aren’t happy her schedule is being kept off the books.

For now, the people looking into her schedule would just like the secretary of education to do a better job allowing the public to now her schedule.

Orange Coast College New Recycling Facility is Set to Improve Environmental Conservation Efforts

Orange Coast College (OCC) has decided to lead on environmental conservation efforts from the front. This is after the school announced a recent completion of their recycling facility. Orange Coast College recycling facility is arguably one of the largest of its kind in America. The facility, unlike the previous one, covers around five acres of space and was completed in one year four months at a cost of seven million US dollars.

 

OCC is no stranger when it comes to environmental conservation services and in particular the recycling part. This school started offering these services more than 40 years ago. With the increasing demand for recycling services, it was only fair to increase its capacity. In addition to the current facility being built on a five-acre piece of land, it has a vehicle parking lot that can accommodate up to 45 vehicles, meeting rooms, office spaces, and shower rooms.

 

Services offered at OCC recycling plant

With the nature of the OCC plant, the facility offers a wide range of services to the residents of Southern California. Now more than ever, anybody can walk into the facility and drop whatever unwanted equipment they have. The list of products that get recycled is endless but includes aluminum cans, glass containers, metal scrap, plastic containers, and even an assortment of papers ranging from magazines to cardboards.

 

The good news with this is that you will be compensated for your recycles while at the same time the facility staff ensures you are safe. The compensation is always per-pound basis and will depend on the item you have brought.

 

While it’s true that you can dispose anything at the facility, there are a number of items that the facility does not allow. For instance, you cannot dispose car batteries, engine oil, boats, chemicals, paints, old furniture, and aluminum cans and plastic bottles that exceed 100 pounds. The OCC recycling plant has an eco-friendly design thus helping conserve energy resources by minimizing wastages.

 

About Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College is a community-based college located in Orange County in California, USA. This institution was established in 1947 after a popular vote by the citizens and currently seats at an old US military base. The college admits over 24,000 undergraduates every year in its different educational programs. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116

 

Orange Coast College – article recap

There are big things happening at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa campus, especially in the recycling area. Last week, a ribbon was cut to inaugurate a building which took about a year and a half to complete. This new building will now be the new recycling center and it is quite a bit bigger compared to previous one. This was done based on a need. The recycling center of this college is a popular place for those who are interested in recycling waste, such as cans, plastic bottles, glass etc. This includes those who live in neighboring towns. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

The facility cost the college around $7.5 million and is located on Adams Ave, and it covers 5 acres, a far cry from the previous facility, which took roughly one acre. It will be the first facility of its type to feature amenities such as showers and break rooms. This is for the staff who will be running the place, which includes students working there part-time. Another interesting feature is the classrooms that will be located in the building and will teach classes connected to environmental studies and related subjects. In fact, the electrical supply for the building will be supplied by solar power and other environmentally friendly add-ons such as solar tubes for indoor light.

Orange Coast College is one of the largest and oldest community colleges in the US. From its humble beginnings of just a few hundred students dating back to the 1940’s, the college has grown to accommodate over 25,000 students. However, it is not only about student population size that makes this college stand apart from the rest. It ranks high in the number of student transfers who go on to study at the larger universities, in California as well as around the nation. This includes both state schools as well as private colleges. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/

Orange Coast College is a member of the Coast Community College District. Classes start for the fall, winter, summer and spring semesters. Students who do not plan on transferring to a four-year college will usually complete their Associate’s degree in many of the college’s technical programs.

 

Rocketship Education; Aiming At Provision of Quality and Equity in Education

Rocketship Education is a charter group of schools. The first one of this schools was opened ten years ago in San Jose in the state of California. Since then the Rocketship Education has developed exponentially, it has brought many developments to the community. The group of schools is renowned as one of the starters of personalized learning. The school has been at the forefront of combining both technologies and also focused modern methods of ensuring effective education is offered to the students. Through home visits as a strategy of the personalized learning model. This has been a way of making sure that every student gets the best experience and stronger relationship has been established between the school and the home, making the parents to be fully involved in the education of their students.

The education at Rocketship is elementary, and sometimes it’s often tempting to give in to the pressure by parents and also other people for the demand of the K-12 system. It is always a sad goodbye for the Rocketeers to leave at a fifth grade not having a clear picture of what will become of them afterward. However, it comes down to one thing that Rocketship is trying to establish equity in the public education system by stabling a quality way of giving quality education to the students and therefore consequently building the community at long last.

The parent’s involvements are actually important to a great extent as it helps the families to have a political voice and say when it comes to the provision of education which is of high quality. It is also important to note that Rocketship Education does not discriminate the students entering into their systems. At Rocketship, there is no discrimination according to the race, ethnic background or even their social class but there is a lot of fairness accountability and transparency in the intake of students. In addition to that also the school ensures that there is teacher diversity in the school, whereby the teachers have different diverse backgrounds. This makes learning a great experience for the students.

Grades Up but Test Scores Down

Doing well in high school is a very important step in anyone’s overall education progression. Those that do well in high school and get good grades will have a better chance of getting into a top college which could then lead to more career opportunities. Over the past twenty years, more and more students are getting better grades. However, a recent study has found that this may not necessarily mean that they are learning anything (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/17/easy-a-nearly-half-hs-seniors-graduate-average/485787001/).

The recent study pointed out that in 1998 about 39% of all high school students had a GPA with an A grade average. By the 2016, this level had increased to more than 47%. At the same time, the overall graduation rate for high school students is at an all-time high.
While this would seem to point to the fact that students are doing better in school and learning more, recent standardized test results point to the opposite. In fact, in the same time period the average SAT test score has fallen from 1,026 to 1,002, on the original 1,600 point scale.

The reason for this is not fully known, but the results have been fairly surprising. Most would have expected that the test scores would remain flat at a minimum. Many believe that this points to the fact that grade inflation is rampant in many areas across the country. This could help the average student graduate from high school with a higher GPA than they would have decades ago.

Another fact that was pointed out in the survey is that the highest level of grade inflation is taking place in larger schools in more affluent areas. At the same time, the average GPA of students in less affluent areas are seeing that their overall grades are about the same, but scores have ticked up.

Tulsa Oklahoma Teacher Is Taking School Supply Needs into Her Own Hands

As the need for teachers that care about what they do and the students they teach, grow. This story was touching a teacher that thought it was not too much to try and get school supplies for the classroom. As we know the government has been pulling lots of grants and money that would usually help fund schools and organizations. This story is just another example of what our schools are going through when it comes to getting an education. Aside from jobs going overseas and closing over here in the U.S.

It has been tough for parents to keep their kids with the right school supplies continually. The school system normally helps with that, but with strained budgets, It has gotten hard. As we continue to move forward and our kids progress through school, we all must pull together to make this happen, or we will all lose if we don’t. Even though, it’s easy for people to point to others when they aren’t doing their part. The truth is we all are to blame for this we need to ban together in where ever we are and make sure that our communities are coming together to help the schools. Our kids are the leaders of tomorrow, and we must set them up for success.

While we can blame the government for a lot, we must make sure we are all on the same page as a community because if we can’t do that schools will take more hits and students and teacher around the country will feel this strong strain around the schools. This story is an excellent example of what we should all be doing not just the teachers but the communities throughout. If we are trusting the schools with our kids we should help the teachers prepare them.

Is Betsy Devos a closet reality-based education tzar?

With her ascension to the highest post in education, Betsy DeVos, a longtime conservative from Michigan, who has spent a great deal of her career studying education policy, is finally in a position to make real changes to the nation’s woe-stricken education system, if she can overcome the bureaucratic inertia that famously afflicts all D.C. institutions.

 

Many in the reality-based community, who freely acknowledge the intractable nature of things like the achievement gap and the disparate outcomes regarding school discipline, have expressed grave concerns at various points in the past that DeVos is a fantasy-prone ideologue not much different from the career progressive educrats that have preceded her.

 

However, there are reasons to believe that Mrs. DeVos may be a bit wilier than some have given her credit. She has been coy about exactly how the Department of Education would ensure against “school discrimination”, a time-honored canard that has destroyed thousands of schools across the country and wasted trillions of dollars since 1965. The Education Secretary refused to acknowledge that discrimination is a problem or say what the Department of Education would be willing to do to combat it.

 

After the infamous case of Judge Russell Clark attempting to engineer the closure of black versus white achievement gaps in Kansas City, to the tune of $2 billion and locally ruined schools, as well as hundreds of other such cases over the years, the evidence, which includes a large body of literature from sociology, phychometrics and other fields, is in. There is no way to close the achievement gap, because it’s innate.

 

That hasn’t stopped judges, including Clark, from trying. Another infamous case was that of forced busing in the Boston Public Schools, which ultimately ruined that city’s public schools as well. With Mrs. DeVos as Secretary, the Department of Education may have its first chance to escape the fantastic thinking that has led to so much waste.

 

Student Loan Forgiveness is Highly Doubtful

President Obama might have promised loan relief to the millions of students around the country that have crippling student loan debt. However, with the election of President Donald Trump comes big surprises in the budget.

 

A survey of college students showed that approximately 50% expected some kind of student loan forgiveness program from the federal government.

 

Analysis conducted by the US Department of Education projects that borrowers who enroll in any kind of loan forgiveness program would repay every penny that they borrowed and then some. Some of the debtors found within the programs offer monthly payments that are capped to their earnings. Even when this is in place, those who are making payments are projected to pay around 76% more than what they actually borrowed. What is being forgiven is the interest that could be 20 years old or more depending on how long a student has been making payments.

 

Only about half of the people who enroll in the plans within the 2018 fiscal year would even receive any kind of forgiveness. Some government figures suggest that even that estimate is too high.

 

There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed in order for a borrower to apply for a loan forgiveness program. If they qualify, it’s likely that they will get lower payments, but after making so many payments, it is likely that they will have paid off everything that they initially borrowed to begin with. The debt is too high and students simply can’t make all the payments.

 

The programs are less than desirable, which also leads to students demanding something better than the never-ending cycle currently in place.

 

 

Student Loan Issue Reaching Crisis Levels

Getting a college degree is a requirement for success in many industries in the United States. While the need for a college degree, and even a further degree, continues to grow in demand, the costs of going to college have increased rapidly as well. Since the costs of going to college are outpacing the rate of inflation in the country, this is making it unaffordable for many people to go. Instead of paying for college at the time, many students are now tasked with having to take out student loans.

 

According to a recent news article, the amount of debt that students are accumulating has grown significantly and the situation is now approaching crisis levels (http://www.wdel.com/blogs/on-the-money/watch-out-for-the-growing-student-loan-bubble/article_fba41ab2-3efc-11e7-9b57-cfa2f9a3f7cb.html). In the past 12 months alone, the 44 million student loan borrowers across the country had more than $1.3 million in outstanding student loan debt. Further, the amount that is borrowed is increasing rapidly. The average student loan balance today is nearly $37,000, which is 70% higher than it was only 10 years ago. Further, more than 2 million student loan borrowers now have debt balances in excess of $100,000, which is unaffordable in many cases.

 

What has a lot of people more concerned is that more than 11 percent of student loan debt is in default. This is by far the highest level of debt of all types of consumer loans. Furthermore, the rate is increasing as thousands of more borrowers are going into default every day. The reason for the increased rise in debt is attributed to a lot of different factors. Some of these include the ease of obtaining student loans, the rapidly increasing costs of going to college, and even some schools taking advantage of the ease of debt to charge far more to students than they would have been able to otherwise.