Inside Higher Ed:Military Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits and Online

August 31, 2016 
Newly released federal data show the enrollment patterns of the 1.1 million military and veteran students who were attending college in 2012, the most recent year covered by the report from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

During the four years before 2012, the percentage of military undergraduates attending for-profit institutions increased to 24 percent from 14 percent, the report said, while the percentage attending community colleges declined to 37 percent from 42 percent.

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate military students were more likely to enroll in online programs than their nonmilitary peers. The report found that 18 percent of military undergraduates took all of their courses online, compared with 12 percent of their nonmilitary peers. Among military graduate students, 41 percent attended fully online compared to 19 percent of nonmilitary graduate students.

CEUC: Career Education Colleges and Universities Sends Open Letter to Members of Congress in Response to Recent Announcement Regarding ITT Tech

Washington, DC –  CECU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent an open letter to members of Congress in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s recent announcement that ITT Tech will longer be permitted to enroll students using Title IV funds.

In the letter, Gunderson writes: 
“The manner in which the Department is handling this action has the potential to destroy the dreams of 43,000 or more students on 139 campuses across 37 states. It does not need to happen like this! Our schools are deeply committed to providing occupational skills and career opportunities to their students. And without exception, our schools always stand ready to work with other schools to handle transitions in ways that do not interrupt or cost students their dream.”

Gunderson urges the Department to work together with CECU, saying:

“We now face the potential of dramatic dislocation of students as the fall semester begins. Speaking for every member of our association, I can promise you that if the Department were to work with us – in this situation or others – we stand ready to minimize the impact of dislocation on communities; on employers needing skilled workers; and on students seeking their occupational dream. But that cannot be done after an abrupt closure, should that be the outcome of the current decision.”

The full copy of the letter is available online