For-Profit Colleges and Town Meetings

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For-profit college supporters are now urged to attend upcoming town meetings. According to a piece by the New America Foundation’s Stephen Burd:

The Career College Association (CCA) is… urging its members to come out in force during the Congressional recess this month and “attend as many town hall meetings as possible.” The group is hoping to build opposition to new rules the Obama administration has proposed that would cut off federal financial aid to for-profit college programs whose students take on the most unmanageable levels of debt… and have the poorest record of repayment.

The CCA website now includes a special section about town meetings. The organization urges members to “introduce yourself, your campus, and your students to a Member of Congress.” Activities like this are “incredibly effective ways of combating the negative perceptions of our students and schools.”

This is surely true, though it’s going to be awfully hard to explain the intricacies of something like the Department of Education’s rules on gainful employment to anyone in a town meeting. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer