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In A New Light: Advocates for For-Profits Try to Illuminate Institutions’ Attributes In Three New Reports

By Paul Bradley

Call it the pushback of the for-profits. Even as the Obama administration nears final approval of new rules designed to rein in the nation’s burgeoning proprietary education sector — enrollment in the for-profit sector has ballooned to more than 2 million students, fueled by $25 billion in federal student aid money — efforts are under way to reframe the political and policy debate surrounding them

Three recent report – one from the American Enterprise Institute, the second from The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunities in Higher Education, the third from the Institute for a Competitive Workplace, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of commerce – attempt to cast eh institutions in a new light and alter the terms of the debate around them.

The reports come as the U.S. Department of Education has taken another definitive step in finalizing a rule aimed at reining in for-profit colleges and their ability to tap into the Title IV student aid program.  The new rules would require colleges offering vocational programs to prove they are preparing students for jobs.  A revised version of the rule recently was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, an indication that the rule-making process is in its final stages.

In addition, top prosecutors in 10 states have launched a joint investigation into potential violations of consumer protection laws for for-profit colleges, according to the Huffington Post.  The probe is a signal that rapidly rising enrollments and a growing reliance on federal student aid dollars by for-profit colleges are attracting greater scrutiny of the industry.

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Link to the American Enterprise Institute report, Beyond Good and Evil: http://www.aei.org/docLib/Enterprise-Issue-1.pdf

Link to The Pell Institute report, Promising Practices Supporting Low-Income, First-Generation Students at DeVry University: http://www.pellinstitute.org/pdf/Pell_DeVry_Report_5_2_11.pdf

Link to the Institute for Competitive Workplace report, College 2.0: Transforming Higher Education through Greater Innovation and Smarter Regulation: http://icw.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/HigherEducationReport_final_high%20res.pdf

  1. Robet Bing
    June 4, 2011 at 4:41 am

    According to an article in the McKinsey Quarterly, gaps in achievement cost the US economy trillions of dollars a year. The publication, A Nation at Risk, alerts us to the rising tide of mediocrity among American schools.Stifling. In the face of increasing global competition, there is an immediate need to pursue increased innovation that leads to reducing educational costs, increasing access by those who qualify, and improving the efficacy of educational programs. Regardless if the innovation comes from profit or not-for-profit organizations, the focus should be on achieving better results at less cost. Stifling innovation through govenment regulation is not the answer. As with private industry, education should focus on an results oriented model that yields a workforce capable of competing in a global marketplace.

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