Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obama's State of the Union: Are You Ready to Go Back To School?

The core of the for-profit education industry can benefit from doing more to interact with the government over new provisions that will fund education and distribute money to agencies, institutions, colleges, charter schools and school districts that need to grow, that need to become more efficient, and that need, most critically, to raise the standard of education and boost graduation rates. And don't forget addressing the 90/10 Rule, lending standards, and the crucial issue of rule making.

The President himself said that it's time for the nation to go back to school:

It is our responsibility as lawmakers and educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it. And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country - and this country needs and values the talents of every American. That is why we will provide the support necessary for you to complete college and meet a new goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Tom Netting from Jefferson Government Relations will be addressing the subject of what the US$100 billion set aside for education will mean for your business. He is joined by Michael Musante, Director -- Government Relations, Edison Learning.

Tuesday, March 10, 9.55AM

Refining Capital Strategies to Address Changes to the Higher Education Act’s Student Financing Requirements

• How will the 90/10 rule alter the way schools grow and change
their business in 2009 and 2010?
• Ensuring proper growth and scale of domestic for-profit education
based in America to sustain the economy and address immediate
crises in student financing needs
• Strategizing to address the HEA reauthorization that focuses
on expanding the default observation window to ensure tuition
payment and stable value of degree program
• Earmarking techniques to raise tuition in a narrow band under more
increased scrutiny, diversifying and expense control

Michael Musante, Director – Government Relations,
Edison Learning

Tom Netting, Vice President, Jefferson Government Relations

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