It's been another busy week for higher education. Forbes.com reportsthat no one is happy with the new higher education regulations that the Department of Education released a couple of weeks ago. Career colleges didn't want them, the article reports, and critics say the rules aren't harsh enough to be effective.
We shouldn't be surprised, really. "The Department of Education ultimately had to work out a compromise between two groups with radically different positions."
The Forbes.com article goes on to assert that the Department of Education could have used its clout "to extend access and raise up quality and affordability."
The Huffington Post picks up on the story, claiming that insiders say that the Obama administration "caved on for-profit regulations." Those "familiar with the deliberations say the industry successfully convinced the Obama administration to soften the rules by sowing fears that a stricter approach would prompt Congress -- also the target of intense lobbying -- to step in and revoke the regulations altogether."
In other news, e-learning is starting to take on a whole new aspect. Lynda.com provides users with informational videos on almost every topic for just $25.00 a month -- and about 1 million people have been willing to pay that access fee, Wired.com reports. The success of Lynda.com indicates that there is a whole new culture of learning online, one which exists outside the confines of the traditional classroom. Lynda.com is basically the opposite of content factories like eHow and Demand Media; unlike these outlets, Lynda.com spends its time creating quality content and recruits only industry experts.
Lynda.com proves that the Internet offers fertile ground for learning of all sorts. With more and more players entering the field, it will literally pay to keep abreast of the latest developments in online education.