More Rules for For-Profit Schools Coming

The controversial new rule about for-profit colleges and debt levels left many critics feeling unsatisfied. As Campus Progress complained, “after months of intense lobbying by the for-profit schools, their front groups, and conservative lawmakers, the new rules are significantly weaker than draft rules first proposed by the Education Department last year.”

Well don’t worry, says the administration, more rules are coming soon. According to an article by Daniel Malloy in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

An Obama administration official told Senate Democrats on Tuesday that new rules for for-profit colleges are just the beginning in targeting programs earning taxpayer-subsidized profits while leaving students with high debts.

“We’re looking at a whole package of reforms to help that sector do a better job so students can be first,” [Under Secretary for Education Martha Kanter] said [at a Senate hearing yesterday].

Kanter did not explain what the “whole package of reforms” would look like in the end. This is understandable. She spoke at a hearing of the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). All Republican members of the committee, however, didn’t show up at the discussion, calling the investigations of proprietary schools “disorganized and prejudicial.”

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