The Young Invincibles Grow Up

Political Prodigies, the Young Invincibles Mature 1

Lexey Swall for The Chronicle

Aaron Smith (right), executive director of Young Invincibles, with Jen Mishory, deputy director, and Rory O'Sullivan, director of policy and research

It's the final day of negotiations over the controversial "gainful employment" rule, and Rory O'Sullivan, the sole student representative on the panel, is getting frustrated.

For weeks leading up to the December hearing, he has been politely urging the U.S. Department of Education to write a rule that puts students' interests first. Now, at the 11th hour, the department has agreed to a trio of changes sought by for-profit colleges that would weaken the