Wisconsin Effort to Set Standards for For-Profit Colleges Folds Under Industry Pressure

Wisconsin Effort to Set Standards for For-Profit Colleges Folds Under Industry Pressure

March 25, 2013

Last week, Wisconsin's Educational Approval Board decommissioned a panel charged with developing accountability standards for the state's for-profit colleges, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The committee had come under strong opposition from influential lawmakers and education companies for new rules that would, among other things, require proprietary schools to show that at least 60 percent of students who started programs finished them and got jobs in their fields. At the panel's sole meeting last month, representatives from numerous for-profit colleges argued that the proposed standards were unreasonable.

Rep. Stephen Nass, the Republican chairman of the State Assembly's higher education committee, sent an email to the Educational Approval Board earlier this month urging it to suspend the committee and work "in a more cooperative atmosphere" with the institutions. He called the regulatory efforts well-intentioned but needing more study and input.

Some national observers questioned the true nature of the opposition, though, noting that similar measures throughout the country typically meet the same fate against the well-funded for-profit college industry, the Journal reported.

 

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Michelle Cormier Mott

State Relations