* Consumer advocates, unions and other groups warn New York’s state education commissioner of the dangers of pact governing online colleges, The New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/1QXBzgX

* The Senate narrowly voted Monday to confirm John B. King Jr. as the nation’s education secretary. Monday’s vote comes as an Associated Press investigation finds little change in the business and marketing practices at a for-profit college that the Education Department helped rescue from near-collapse: http://bit.ly/1TO1hYA

* The Education Department is removing a law firm hired to oversee the turnaround of schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., the Associated Press Reports: http://abcn.ws/24ZuyDp

* Carson’s take on higher ed, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1prH66x

* According to a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis, 160 private colleges fail Education Dept.’s financial-responsibility test: http://bit.ly/1WnUm6w

* Governor Cuomo wants to stop funding one-third of CUNY four-year colleges’ budget. Where will the money come from? Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1P3tqDe

* Inside Higher Ed offers a Q&A with Historian and Author of Diploma Mills, A. J. Angulo: http://bit.ly/21tzDiI

* Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents chief who set off testing backlash, reflects on her tenure, The New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/22m15kN

 * Key white house education official, James Kvaal, steps down. In his prior role as deputy under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, he put in place the controversial “gainful employment rule,” The Chronicle of Higher Education writes: http://bit.ly/1nLJvqO

* Rethinking general education programs, Inside Higher Ed reports: http://bit.ly/1RkqTpt


* Are shopping malls dead? LIM College professor Robert Conrad weighs in, the Asbury Park Press reports: http://on.app.com/1RkOvk0

* Monroe College launches undergraduate programs in sports management, Benzinga writes: http://bit.ly/1M7zfF7


* Reminder: APC will hold the first Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting for financial aid staff on Wednesday, March 30th at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., LIM College. This is a new meeting format for APC that will focus on one area of college operations (i.e. admissions, financial aid, alumni and career services etc.). This meeting will give APC members the opportunity to meet with their peers in an informal setting to network and discuss current issues. For more information, please contact Donna Gurnett at DGurnett@apc-colleges.org.

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