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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

For-Profit Diploma Mills: 15 of 15 Crooked in GAO Undercover Investigation

When the oligarchs decided for Obama that the U. S. would be #1 in college graduates by 2020, they knew that such a goal would be as meaningless as the paper handed out by the Wall Street U's to the most exploited students whose K-12 non-preparation leaves them with no option for a college education except for a fraudulent one paid for by the taxpayer with Pell Grants. 

But students and taxpayers just keep getting the business by big business as Arne does the rope-a-dope on cracking down in any significant way on these whale donors who can afford the big corporate donations.  Why shouldn't they--they have an endless revenue stream from the federal treasury.  From the NYTimes:
Undercover investigators posing as students interested in enrolling at 15 for-profit colleges found that recruiters at four of the colleges encouraged prospective students to lie on their financial aid applications — and all 15 misled potential students about their programs’ cost, quality and duration, or the average salary of graduates, according to a federal report.

The report and its accompanying video are to be released publicly Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, at an oversight hearing on for-profit colleges by the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions.

The report does not identify the colleges involved, but it includes both privately held and publicly traded institutions in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C. According to the report, the colleges in question were chosen because they got nearly 90 percent of their revenues from federal aid, or they were in states that are among the top 10 recipients of Title IV money. . . .

Do read on.

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