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Gainful employment negotatiors face long odds of reaching consensus

WASHINGTON – If the first day of its meetings was any indication, the odds of a federally appointed panel reaching consensus on gainful employment regulations are slim to none. The 14 negotiators include both aggressive critics of for-profit higher education and representatives from that industry. They are tasked with reaching unanimous consensus on rules that would measure the employment outcomes of vocational programs at for-profits and community colleges, to ensure they are helping their students to find “gainful employment.”