'Gainful Employment' Talks End at an Impasse

To the surprise of no one, negotiators on the Education Department's gainful-employment rule-making panel have failed to reach consensus, leaving it to the department to write its own rule.

On Friday, the final day of their meeting, panel members on all sides said they still could not support the Obama administration's proposed standards for career-oriented programs.

Student and consumer advocates said the draft rule, which would cut off federal aid to programs in which many