For-Profit Colleges Concerned About Integrity

Facing imminent regulations that may limit the ability of for-profit colleges to access federal financial aid, the companies are looking to make some improvements, sort of.

According to an article by Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed:

On Thursday… the institutions took a slightly more positive tack: talking among themselves—and with leaders of sector-crossing national higher education associations—about how they can respond to the concerns about their integrity and improve their students’ learning experiences. At a closed two-day meeting… in New York City, the presidents of 32 regionally accredited career colleges gathered to discuss their common concerns and how they might work together to address them.

Thursday’s meeting contained “no discussion” of how the institutions might lobby against or otherwise fight the heightened regulatory pressure or political scrutiny they are facing, said Terry W. Hartle, who heads the government and public affairs arm of the American Council on Education and attended the meeting.

While most of those attending the meeting appeared to be from business, they were joined by representatives from two national education groups, the American Council on Education and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. While these organizations include for-profit schools, the majority of their members are regular colleges.

According to the article, “much of the discussion was about concerns that these colleges share with some of their nonprofit peers, such as students who enroll not ‘ready to do college-level work.’”

One way the group can “respond to the concerns about their integrity,” of course, might be to start behaving with integrity.

Oddly, the group apparently decided to hold this meeting at the Princeton Club.

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