Report(s) analyzing for-profit college programs

Todd Feathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all reports completed since 2012 analyzing the effectiveness of for-profit college or career-training programs. The existence of these reports, or a single overarching report, was directly mentioned in a March press release from the Department of Education.

The release reads: "Of the for-profit gainful employment programs analyzed by the Department of Education, the majority—72 percent—produced graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts."

A link to the release:

I also request that all fees be waived as i am a member of the news media -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information i receive as a result of this request to educate the public.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Todd Feathers

From: ED FOIA Manager

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FOIA Tracking Number: 14-01065-F
E-mail Address:
Name of Requester: Todd Feathers
Date of Request: April 1, 2014
Date Request Received: April 8, 2014

Your request (below) has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Department to search for responsive documents. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401–8365 or by e-mail at<> (please include the case tracking number).
Thank you.

From: Wehausen, Robert

Good afternoon, Mr. Feathers -

We believe a previous response on the 72% issue may address your FOIA request. On the following ED site, we have explicitly addressed where we received this data from and how we analyzed the data:

Please let me know by COB Friday, April 25, 2014 if the information on the provided website fulfills your FOIA request. If the Department has not received a response from you by the specified date, we will interpret it as your request for records has been adequately addressed and your case will be closed accordingly.


Robert Wehausen
Management & Program Analyst
FOIA Appeals Coordinator
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4510