Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Are For-Profit Colleges Targeting Military Students?

Soldier-vet-military-studentFor-profit institutions are again being taken to task in Congress, this time for aggressively enrolling veterans without assessing if they are ready to take on the level of work required to complete the degrees. Cory Weinberg reports today in the Chronicle of Higher Education that Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are urging Congress to place more stringent accreditation standards on for-profits as they believe they are luring veterans in to take advantage of getting a bigger piece of federal dollars. Some for-profit educators are accused of using veterans to increase their enrollment numbers, but are less forthcoming about the percentage of their students who actually finish their degree programs. Sen. Harkin, who has a web page on the subject, calls the military-student graduation rate in for-profit schools "dismal." Law makers are seeking to improve the standards of these for-profits if they want to stay eligible for Department of Defense tuition assistance dollars. Read more here.

-T. R. Paige, MC Law


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