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Topic - University Of Phoenix
), an S&P 500 corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona. - Source: Wikipedia
At two universities in the U.S., students earn degrees by proving mastery of skills and concepts instead of earning credit hours. The schools have federal government accreditation and federal approval. Others schools will follow.
Already under constant fire from Capitol Hill Democrats screaming for tighter regulations, the for-profit college sector now has bigger problems on its hands.
While admitting that Congress is unlikely to do much about it in the near future, Sen. Tom Harkin on Monday released a lengthy, scathing report on the perceived evils and excesses of the for-profit college industry.
One accountant at Metro took Federal Income Tax 1, a course at the University of Maryland University College described as "an introduction to federal taxation." Another took Intermediate Accounting 1. Several other Metro workers in financially sensitive positions — who help oversee million-dollar contracts — used the transit authority's tuition reimbursement program to enroll in introductory courses on contracts or business.
Despite providing excellent opportunities for atypical learners and improved graduation rates among minorities, for-profit colleges have become synonymous with "diploma mills," thanks in large part to a determination to destroy them, evidenced by the Obama administration and its congressional allies. The federal government is positioning itself to destroy an industry that has done more for minorities and the economically disadvantaged - who often find it difficult to get admitted to and afford old-fashioned nonprofit colleges - than any act of government could hope to achieve.
These aren't your parents' colleges. There are typically no sprawling campuses, no fraternities or sororities, no students reading books under trees and no sports teams.
The Education Department is expected to issue a final rule this month against for-profit colleges such as Phoenix University and Strayer University. The move would reject loans for programs whose previous students have shown, via a rather arbitrary formula, a propensity to accrue debts higher than they can repay. The theory is that these pre-professional programs demonstrate their ineffectiveness by their students' subsequent failures.
The Obama administration's animosity for business profits threatens to deny educational opportunities for more than 300,000 poor, working or otherwise at-risk college students. Congress needs to step up to block a proposed new rule affecting for-profit colleges.