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Today, the Obama Administration released final regulations requiring career college programs to better prepare students for "gainful employment" or risk losing access to Federal student aid. While many career college programs are helping to prepare America's workforce for the jobs of the future, far too many students at these schools are taking on unsustainable debt in exchange for degrees and certificates that fail to help them get the jobs they need or were promised. These regulations are designed to ramp up over the next four years, giving colleges time to reform while protecting students and their families from exploitative programs.
The Student Loan Forgiveness Act: H.R. 4170: To increase purchasing power, strengthen economic recovery, and restore fairness in financing higher education in the United States through student loan forgiveness, caps on interest rates on Federal student loAssociation of American Medical Colleges 10,713 Facebook fans 9,121 Twitter followers March 16, 2012—Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.)
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The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ( FDCPA ), Pub. L. 95 -109; 91 Stat. 874, codified as 15 U.S.C. § 1692 –1692p, approved on September 20, 1977 (and as subsequently amended) is an amendment, establishing legal protection from abusive debt collection practices, to the Consumer Credit Protection Act , as Title VIII of that Act. The statute's stated purposes are: to eliminate abusive practices in the collection of consumer debts , to promote fair debt collection , and to provide consumers with an avenue for disputing and obtaining validation of debt information in order to ensure the information's accuracy. [ 1 ] The Act creates guidelines under which debt collectors may conduct business, defines rights of consumers involved with debt collectors, and prescribes penalties and remedies for violations of the Act.
John Boehner currently serves the 8th Congressional district of Ohio John Andrew Boehner , a Republican , has represented the 8th Congressional district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993.
Enacted on December 12, 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act (P.L. 96-517, Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980) created a uniform patent policy among the many federal agencies that fund research, enabling small businesses and non-profit organizations, including universities, to retain title to inventions made under federally-funded research programs. This legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Birch Bayh of Indiana and Robert Dole of Kansas.The Bayh-Dole Act was especially instrumental in encouraging universities to participate in technology transfer activities.
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The last two years have not been kind to for-profit colleges.
Companies that run colleges and trade schools for profit are mounting a full-tilt, high-dollar campaign against an Obama administration effort to tighten rules for their access to federal aid. The industry has staged a Capitol Hill rally , run advertisements in national newspapers, hired big-name lobbyists and coordinated thousands of comments on the proposed regulation in an effort to derail or dilute it.
“As universities become glorified vocational schools for corporations they adopt values and operating techniques of the corporations they serve.” – Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion, 2009) This piece has been republished by The Berkeley Daily Planet . A version of it also ran in the Sacramento News & Review , Santa Cruz Weekly , North Bay Bohemian , and the SF Public Press .