Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that it received the Department of Education's (DOE) unofficial three-year Cohort Default Rates (CDRs) for Ashford University and University of the Rockies, which rates were released to the institutions on December 7, 2009. The three-year unofficial CDRs for Ashford University were 8.8%, 6.1% and 17.4% for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 federal fiscal years, respectively. For University of the Rockies the unofficial three-year CDRs were 5.5%, 0% and 0% for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 federal fiscal years, respectively. The three-year CDRs are unofficial, because, according the Higher Education Opportunity Act, institutions are not required to calculate prior three-year repayment rates until 2012, and the rates will not be the basis for measurement of compliance until 2014.
"Commensurate with our goal to provide a quality student experience, Bridgepoint Education has made significant investments in internal and external resources to assist in default management practices," said Andrew Clark, chief executive officer of Bridgepoint Education. "These investments include hiring additional internal administrative and experienced management personnel to assist students who have left the institution and are in repayment, as well as contracting with an external default management firm to implement a comprehensive student-default management plan.
"It is important to note that the CDRs for both Ashford University and the University of the Rockies, which are calculated based on the first two years of repayment, have been well within the statutory limits for continued Title IV eligibility," Clark explained. "By the time the three-year rates apply in 2012, we expect that the investments we have made and the organizational changes we have instituted will allow us to maintain the CDRs for our institutions well within the anticipated statutory limits, as supported by the unofficial 3-year rates we have received from the DOE."
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, respectively.
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