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March 14, 2014
09:40 EDTLOPE, STRA, APEI, APOL, COCO, CECO, BPI, ESI, DVObama Administration unveils new proposed gainful employment regulations
The Obama Administration earlier today announced new proposed gainful employment regulations. The regulations would address growing concerns about burdensome student loan debt by requiring career colleges, many of which are owned by for-profit education companies, to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment or risk losing access to taxpayer-funded federal student aid, the administration stated. Under the regulations, all gainful employment programs would have to pass metrics to continue eligibility in the federal student financial aid program, including: the estimated annual loan payment of typical graduates does not exceed 20% of their discretionary earnings or 8% of their total earnings and the default rate for former students does exceed 30%. About 20% of for-profit education programs would fail to meet the standards in the regulations, and another 10% would be in a warning zone, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said yesterday, according to Inside Higher Education. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon Education (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
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November 24, 2015
13:14 EDTESIJudge grants preliminary approval to $16.9M settlement in ITT Educational suit
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to an approximately $16.96M cash settlement achieved by Lead Plaintiffs Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund with defendants ITT Educational Services, Inc., and two of its officers, Daniel M. Fitzpatrick and Kevin M. Modany.The proposed settlement approved by Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on Monday, Nov. 23, resolves securities fraud claims asserted under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Fund and Metropolitan Water Retirement Fund against the defendants for alleged material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the company's liabilities under certain risk-sharing agreements it had entered into with third-party student enders of ITT student loans. The proposed $16.96M cash settlement will benefit a putative class of persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired ITT Educational Services, Inc., common stock between April 24, 2008, and Feb. 25, 2013. In the order issued on Nov. 23, Judge Oetken also gave authorization for the class notice to be issued to class members. A court hearing will be held on March 8, 2016, to determine whether the settlement should be given final approval and to hear any objections to the settlement.
November 23, 2015
18:42 EDTAPOLS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: CSRA (CSRA) will be added to the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday, November 27, replacing Computer Sciences (CSC), which will be removed from the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Monday, November 30. CSRA will be added to the S&P 500 on a zero price basis reflecting its spin-off from Computer Sciences. Following the spin-off, the Computer Sciences stub will replace Apollo Education Group (APOL) in the S&P MidCap 400. Computer Sciences' post spin market capitalization will be more representative of the mid-cap market space. Apollo Education is ranked at the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400 Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) will replace Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, November 25. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Diodes (DIOD) is acquiring Pericom Semiconductor in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions.
17:23 EDTAPOLCSC to replace Apollo Education in S&P 400 as of 11/30 close

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