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Speaking to troops, veterans, and military families at Fort Stewart, President Obama laid out a plan to make it harder for for-profit colleges to prey on military families to get GI Bill money:

First, we’re going to require colleges that want to enroll members of our military or veterans or your families to provide clear information about their qualifications and available financial aid. You’ll be able to get a simple fact sheet called “Know Before You Owe.” Know before you owe. (Applause.) And it will lay out all the information that you need to make your own choices about how best to pay for college.  

Second, we’re going to require those schools to step up their support for our students. They need to provide a lot more counseling. If you’ve got to move because of a deployment or a reassignment, they’ve got to help you come up with a plan so that you can still get your degree. (Applause.)

Number three, we’re going to bring an end to the aggressive—and sometimes dishonest—recruiting that takes place. We’re going to up our oversight of improper recruitment practices. We’re going to strengthen the rules about who can come on post and talk to servicemembers. (Applause.) And we’re going to make it a lot easier for all of you to file complaints and for us to take action when somebody is not acting right.

For-profit colleges recruit veterans heavily because GI Bill funding can be counted toward the 10 percent of the colleges' revenue that must, by law, come from nonfederal sources. Without that law, some for-profit colleges might be completely funded by federal loans. Not that the total is low now, as the desirability of GI Bill students makes clear:
A recent Senate report on 15 large, publicly traded for-profit education companies said they got 86 percent of their revenue from taxpayers and have spent a combined $3.7 billion annually on marketing and recruiting.
Like so many other things, Obama had to accomplish this through an executive order, as a Congress heavily lobbied by for-profit colleges and universities (using federal loan money for their lobbying just as they use it for recruiting and marketing) won't rein in this abusive industry through legislation.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM PDT.

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  •  I can't wait to hear the Mittens' attack weasels (10+ / 0-)

    take this on over the weekend. Some how, some way this will be "elitist" or anti-troop.
     

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:11:07 PM PDT

  •  Good! nt (6+ / 0-)

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:20:37 PM PDT

  •  The crack-down would be a lot more convincing (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock, drawingporno, chipmo, ranger995

    if the President would dump Arne Duncan. He's in bed with the SOBs.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

    •  Can you prove that? (2+ / 0-)
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      Azazello, SoCalSal

      Just curious.

      This is his bio;

      http://www2.ed.gov/...

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:58:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  PBS' Frontline, May 4, '10 (4+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave, annieli, ranger995, kimoconnor

             entitled College Inc. At about the 34 min. mark Arne says this:

        I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with a for-profit educating students, um, where they are providing them with a great education, where they've been honest about it, where there's value for the investment, and, long-term, you want to see those players do well.

        The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

        by Azazello on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:00:43 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  And you take that as *support*?? (0+ / 0-)

          That Duncan quote reads like the letter of recommendation for a former employee who is a laggard: "You'll be lucky to get him to work for you."

          The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

          by SoCalSal on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:27:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  I haven't seen any documentation (4+ / 0-)

      of straight up corruption, but there's certainly the same sort of suck-up-to-the-industry sort of regulation softening going on that hit the ACA.

      6/02/2011  'Softened' Regulations Issued For For-Profit Schools

      Honestly, the crack-down isn't convincing at all, and it's because none of THIS bullshit is addressed.

      Bipartisan Political Elite Implicated in For-Profit Education Fraud

      It cannot be stated strongly enough: for-profit colleges could not engage in the ongoing exploitation of students and theft of federal money without the direct cooperation and assistance of the federal government in what can only be termed an immoral economy. The same forces that demonize everything government does or attempts to do are busy feeding from the government trough. The hypocrisy is untenable, the federal subsidies unfathomable and the lack of criminal prosecution unconscionable.

      For-profit colleges are a kickback scheme where politicians enact favorable legislation and regulations that allow for-profit colleges to maintain access to student loans and grant money. The for-profit colleges then "give" a small cut of the federal money back to the politicians to enact favorable legislation.

      In the cases of Senator Snowe and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), their husbands have operated under the cover of their wives as they directly benefited, and continue to benefit from, their positions as shareholders in for-profit college companies.

      There is a vast network of former and current government officials who actively participate in the for-profit college swindle. Some of the conspirators are well known, and include: Mitt Romney, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), John Kline (R-Minnesota), Alcee Hastings(D-Florida), Trent Lott (R-Mississippi), Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Steve Gunderson (R-Wisconsin), Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, Snowe, Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi (D-California), and John Boehner (R-Ohio). The group also includes Obama administration officials and supporters such as Lanny Davis, Anita Dunn, Hilary Rosen, Anthony Miller and Charles Rose.
      Look at the names in that list.  Is the administration going to address these charges?

      The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

      by chipmo on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 01:52:13 PM PDT

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  •  Full video (5+ / 0-)

    "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

    by Diogenes2008 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:57:13 PM PDT

  •  Glad to see this. (1+ / 0-)
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    The proliferation of Online University of this and that is scary.

  •  Great, but (0+ / 0-)

    there is no reason why these open reporting requirements shouldn't have been required of all educational institutions taking federal money.

  •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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    We’re going to strengthen the rules about who can come on post and talk to servicemembers.
    Really?  You mean they're not going to let retired officers working as insurance salesmen use the orderly rooms as salesrooms for their products any more?   I'll bet.  Not.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:17:12 PM PDT

  •  Pres. Obama chips away with executive orders, (8+ / 0-)

    while I imagine greater successes during his next term with Democratic majority in the House and super majority in the Senate. May it be so.

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:20:57 PM PDT

  •  This is a big business. (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, mwm341

    Huge.

    Beyond the GI bill, millions of young Americans are indenturing themselves for life, aided by the education Mills. It's a way to stay alive until real jobs come back.

    The for-profit school Mills advertise day and night throughout the nation. The student need only bring his body in -- or apply online.  The Mill takes care of getting the loan money and passing what's left to the student. Along with a free laptop.

    It will be very difficult to regulate this -- since it "pencils out" as a benefit to the student.

    People are staying in the Mills waiting out Depression 2.0. These are desperate times.


    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ― Isaac Asimov

    by Pluto on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:22:41 PM PDT

  •  GOD, (0+ / 0-)

    WHAT DOES IT TAKE ANY MORE, TO LIVE AN HONEST LIFE WITHOUT GETTING SCREWED?

    SERVE YOUR COUNTRY - GET SCREWED!

    DON'T SERVE YOUR COUNTRY - GET SCREWED!

    no, don't tell me; i know it's predominantly repubs. they don't even give lip-service to such pro-humanistic servitudes...

    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH TO WANT SOMETHING BACK FOR YOUR TAX MONEY OTHER THAN WARS. search for "Go Back to Your Own Country. You're a Terrorist" - MORE U.S. GUN TERROR.

    by theChild on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:22:48 PM PDT

  •  We need to stop letting for-profit (1+ / 0-)
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    mwm341

    institutions give student loans.  Why are we not using the Fed to give out these loans?  Why are we letting for-profit schools making millions on guaranteed loans?  The standard loan guarantees for student loans should not apply to for-profit institutions.  This is one of the reasons student loans are as huge as they are.

    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:25:34 PM PDT

  •  good 'un (3+ / 0-)
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    AoT, OleHippieChick, dear occupant

    All I can say is we've rejected as graduate students people who are "professors" at some of these for profit colleges.  (they failed (repeatedly) the qualifiers).

    So I'm sort of really pleased that these generally scamolicious imitation "universities" are being slowly brought to book.

  •  And W. (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, TexasTom

    will be the featured speaker at the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities  in June.

  •  Please be careful of the attacks (1+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE

    on For-Profit Colleges.  There are many people including myself that received a very fair education from a for-profit schools especially schools that focus on Advanced Degrees.  While there might be issues it does seem like they focus on certain degree programs not the whole school.   And certain schools seem to have more issues.    

  •  My brother the t-bagger (0+ / 0-)

    thinks these for profits are the greatest thing since rhythm. He spent two years on academic probation at MIT before being sent home. But now he has a couple of Masters from Buyadiploma U. He even taught a semester for them. From his description, though, it's difficult to know who was less qualified - the students or the teacher. It was pure charlie foxtrot.

    •  What makes these schools so fake? (0+ / 0-)

      I attended a State online college. Public with public tuition. Same format as University of Phoenix.  Is one fake because it's private??

      •  I'm sure you can pick out some anecdoctal (0+ / 0-)

        instances of for-profit colleges that do well by a majority of their students, but overall they are huge drivers of tuition debt, they produce diplomas that are generally unrecognizable to HR managers, and in the example I give of my brother, they hire incompetent instructors to teach student a subject they lack preparation to learn. His class had over a 50% dropout rate. This particular for profit has several campuses and online courses. My brother taught at one of their brick and mortar locations. That was the only instance of him ever being able to trade on either of his Buyadiploma U "masters" degrees.

  •  these predatory institutions also prey on the (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    basis of class and race with their practices and servicemembers. Imagine the predatory toxic mortgage crisis applied to school loans

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 06:55:57 PM PDT

  •  One more reason to invigorate the D Base (1+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick

    to get out and put feets-on-the-streets by canvassing their precinct starting next month, in May.

    I beg of every one of you Kossacks: contact your local PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) or it's equivalent, via your County Democratic Party Central Committe. Offer to canvass your precinct this spring, summer and/or fall. Give at least a couple of hours a week to the cause - and we could surprise the MSM and give re-elected President Obama a US Congress full of Democrats who will work with him, instead of against him.

    Every County in the nation has a Central Committee.

    You can find yours by:

    Go to the Democrats.org

    Look at the top horizontal menu bar & mouseover "Who We Are" then click on the bottom item in the menu "In Your State"

    Use the drop-down list and pick your State.

    If you are from MICHIGAN this is what you'll see:

    www.michigandems.com

    p. 517-371-5410
    f. 517-371-2056
    606 Townsend Street
    Lansing, MI 48933

    Chair: Mark Brewer
    Vice Chair: Arthenia Abbott
    Executive Director: Sylvia Perkins

    Follow your State link and peruse the front page for an option to locate and/or contact your local County Central Committee OR your Legislative District Party Chair (one or the other - or both - will be offered). From there, you can either use the Local Party website to send an email to the appropriate person or for you to leave contact information for them to forward to your PCO (or equivalent).
    Again, I can't impress on every one of us how very important personal action this summer could be, canvassing and speaking to the 600 or so of your closest neighbors in your precinct.
    The GOP and their coterie of Wealthy 1% Donors will have what amounts to most of the money this year.

    But we can make our voices as powerful as their money - if we use them in our own communities this summer, spreading the word about what the Republicans and TBagRs want to do to their wives, and daughters and sisters and aunts, and mothers:

    Republicans, and Gov Romney are not satisfied with restricting Abortion via over 1000 Bills in the various States over the past year.

    Now they want to remove the exception for victims of Rape and Incest.

    Now they want to prevent any public funds from helping prevent pregnancy, by defunding Planned Parenthood.

    Now they want to restrict access to birth control, and disguise it under the cloak of "personal moral objections".

    Republicans spent 3 years now claiming President Obama wants the Federal Government to 'take over healthcare' and let your Grandmothers all die by votes from some Death Panel... oops, that was way back in 2009, I meant they want to let your wife get pregnant (like she should) when a Republican pharmacist refuses to sell her her birth control, because it offends the pharmacist's religious beliefs.

    I respect my mother and my daughters and my sisters to make their own healthcare choices when it comes to reproduction.

    I want the Government (including the Do-Nothing-Know-Nothing Republicans) to do the same.


    TELL THE REPUBLICANS:

    Enough is Enough.
    I'm voting DEMOCRATIC

    * * *
    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
    -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
    * * *
    "A Better World is Possible"
    -- #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:10:50 PM PDT

  •  Will he indefinitely detain them? (0+ / 0-)

    Perhaps have a drone killbot take 'em out after the NSA reads all their email?

  •  WashPo Reaction? (0+ / 0-)

    So far I have not seen any direct response from the Washington Post regarding their ownership (and profit) from Kaplan.  Anyone seen or heard anything yet?

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