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Monday, January 23, 2012

For-Profit Schools Criticized for Treatment of Veterans

For-profit colleges are receiving new scrutiny for allegedly preying on veterans.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will be holding a forum in Illinois this week and plans to introduce legislation aimed at curbing problems with aggressive recruiting of veterans due to the lucrative financial aid available through GI Bill funds and Department of Defense tuition assistance benefits.

The efforts by Senator Durbin come one week after the Illinois attorney general sued Westwood College, alleging that it misleads students enrolled in it criminal justice program.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Online Schools Lag In Performance in Michigan

A Michigan Public Radio report states that students at online schools in Michigan lag in performance on standardized tests when compared to students at traditional bricks-and-mortar schools.  According to the report:

"The National Education Policy Center found about 27 percent of online schools met federal achievement standards in the last school year. That compares to about 51 percent at brick-and-mortar schools.
"The study says the largest growing subgroup of public charter schools is virtual -- or online -- schools.
"Western Michigan University education professor Gary Miron co-authored the study.
"He says there are also questions about the accountability of for-profit charter schools that offer online education.
"'One of the issues that has been coming up is that many of these virtual schools enroll students, then these students don't actively participate,' Miron says. 'However, the school continues to receive money.'"

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Study Correlates For-Profit Schools With Higher Debt And Lower Employment

A new study, according to a report in the Huffington Post, links for-profit colleges to students with "much higher student-loan debts, lower employment rates, and lower pay than counterparts at public or private nonprofit schools.  The student by a group of Harvard researchers was prepared for the National Bureau of Economic Research.