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National College Student Works to Build His Dream of Being a Business Owner


Sarver Tadjikhodjayev (Sam) was born and raised in Uzbekistan, where he grew up for most of his life. He came to the United States in 2008 in search of an education to pursue his dream of owning his own business. Four years later, he opened his first business, Fox's Pizza Den, in Nashville after attending National College - Nashville Campus for one year. This past spring, he graduated with his associate's degree in business management, and it's been the fulfillment of one dream (getting an education) and just the beginning of a new one (owning his own business) for Sam.


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NY Fed: Majority of Private Sector Students Study in High Return Fields


The benefits of obtaining a college degree have been extolled by a countless number of economists, policymakers, and experts in recent years. According to the University of Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, the lifetime earnings gain from receiving a degree is almost $1 million. With the issue of overall value basically settled, the question becomes how returns to education vary by degree.


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  • Apples to Apples, Public Institutions Cost Taxpayers More Than Private Sector Institutions (09/26/2014)

    One often cited “reason” for using the “gainful employment” regulation to shut down private sector institutions and deny access to postsecondary education for millions of students is that the regulation is looking out for government dollars. The irony of this logic is that public institutions, and even private non-profits, rely heavily on direct and indirect government appropriations to keep the price of tuition and fees much lower than the actual cost of providing the education.

  • Gainful Employment Denies Students The Value of Education (09/22/2014)

    In early 2011, Pres. Obama told the TechBoston academy that “[t]here’s no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates…” He was commenting on the significant individual and economic benefits of obtaining a degree and the growing importance of postsecondary education in the economy. Given these benefits and the need to increase the number of graduates, why is the U.S. Department of Education threatening to shut millions of students out of higher education?

  • PTI Sets Example of Successful Employer-Institution Partnership (09/18/2014)

    An integral part of career services and placement begins with curriculum design. Many private sector institutions dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to develop academic programs to meet employer demands. Some institutions might focus on employers’ needs within their local market and weigh the potential job growth of a certain career.

  • What Happens When You Apply Gainful Employment Metrics To All Of Higher Education? (09/09/2014)

    Of the many issues that exist with the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulation, one that stands out with the greatest hypocrisy is that only certain programs, mostly at private sector institutions and community colleges, are subject to the regulation, while degree and graduate programs at public and non-profit institutions get a pass.

  • The “Gainful Employment” Regulation Will Cost Taxpayers Over $1.7 Billion (09/04/2014)

    The “gainful employment” regulation will force states into an unpalatable choice between hiking taxes to cover the excess education expenditures, raising tuition, or simply turning away the students from unfunded programs. The likely result is a significant decrease in educational access, which promises to have severe individual and national economic consequences down the road.

  • Bill Gates Praises Private Sector Institutions (07/22/2014)

    Yesterday, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers during the association’s annual conference in Seattle, WA.

  • Spending on Instruction: Bang for the Student Buck? (07/16/2014)

    If we asked you who spends more money on teaching students, the five largest private sector schools or the University of Texas system, which would you pick? The answer might surprise you: private sector institutions. As a proportion of revenue, these institutions outspent the University of Texas by over 10 percentage points.

  • Eight Innovative Ideas That Came Out of the 2014 APSCU Convention (06/18/2014)

    The 2014 APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition included five keynote speakers, several hundred exhibitors, and dozens of breakout sessions, all energized around one theme: the education evolution. During the many facets of the Convention, there were eight ideas that regularly emerged about how best to innovate and collaborate in postsecondary education

  • The Regulatory and Monetary Cost of “Gainful Employment” (05/14/2014)

    The U.S. Department of Education has claimed that the “gainful employment” regulation is about saving taxpayers money, but the magnitude of the burden that the Department has imposed through it belies that goal. In reality, the regulation will be extremely costly to students, institutions, and taxpayers, but this has been ignored by the Department as they recklessly target private sector institutions and the students they serve.

  • The Facts Related to Student Financial Aid & Student Defaults (04/22/2014)

    In a debate about numbers, we must remember that there are real students behind each statistic. While the following three statements seem obvious, they are often forgotten during conversations concerning student access and borrowing for postsecondary education.

  • Open Letter to Secretary Duncan (04/18/2014)

    APSCU president and CEO Steve Gunderson sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan today on the Department’s use of discredited facts, including one deemed “bogus” by The Washington Post Fact Checker. Gunderson also addressed the Department’s flawed approach to the proposed gainful employment regulation and contradicting statements on what the Department is trying to measure with the regulation.

  • What to Watch for at This Year’s APSCU Convention (04/17/2014)

    The APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition has evolved into a focused and informative event with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation. For those of you who have registered, here’s what you have to look forward to...

  • Reaction to the U.S. Department of Education's Faulty Defense of Faulty Math (04/15/2014)

    The Department of Education has been saying that 72 percent of private sector programs produce graduates who earn less than the median high school dropout. This statistic appeared shoddy from the beginning and now people are shining the light on its faulty reasoning. Glenn Kessler, the Fact Checker at The Washington Post, called the U.S. Department of Education’s made up earnings statistic “bogus”, “apples to oranges”, “too fishy” and awarded it the distinction of “Two Pinocchios”.

  • Op-ed: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt (03/31/2014)

    APSCU Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs Michael Dakduk penned an op-ed for Army Times on the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

  • Editorial: Education's ObamaCare (03/24/2014)

    Capping a five-year assault on for-profit colleges, the Department of Education last week tightened oversight over this—and only this—corner of higher education, claiming sweeping powers to close "poor-performing" schools based on its own abstruse criteria. Sound familiar? The people who gave the world ObamaCare think they also know the best educational options for students.

  • Private Sector Institutions Save The Taxpayer Money (03/21/2014)

    Private sector institutions play a vital role in educating new traditional students and help set the country on track to meet the President’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. Studies are now showing that not only do they provide access to postsecondary education, but they also relieve taxpayers of a significant burden.

  • 7 Reasons to Attend the 2014 APSCU Convention and Expo (03/12/2014)

    It’s no secret that professional conventions and conferences can benefit you both personally and professionally, but the tougher decision lies in which conference is the right one for you. Here are 7 reasons why the 2014 APSCU Convention and Expo in Las Vegas on June 16-18 is the right choice for higher education professionals.

  • Op-ed: Student success, not colleges' tax status, matters most (03/10/2014)

    Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs student aid. The Education Department is issuing regulations about which colleges are eligible. Having called for the United States to produce an additional eight million college graduates by 2020, President Obama recently organized a College Opportunity Summit to “help every hardworking kid to go to college and succeed when they get to campus.”

  • Briefing on APSCU Annual Puerto Rico Meeting (02/25/2014)

    Last week, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) co-hosted its annual Puerto Rico meeting which convened over 100 attendees from private sector institutions across the island.

  • Op-ed: The Education Department Attacks Career Colleges (01/28/2014)

    Over the next six years, there will be 55 million new job openings in the U.S. Nearly 32 million of these new hires will replace retiring Baby Boomers, while another 23 million will take new jobs. And by 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education.

  • Weekly Research Digest 12-4-13 (12/04/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

  • Weekly Research Digest, 11-22-13 (11/22/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

  • Weekly Research Digest, 11-15-13 (11/15/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

  • Weekly Research Digest, 11-7-13 (11/07/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

  • Weekly Research Digest - 10.31.13 (10/31/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

  • Weekly Research Digest - 10.24.13 (10/24/2013)

    A snapshot of recently released research, reports, surveys, and other findings within the postsecondary education field.

 

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