For-profit schools take a course in politics

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2011 - 7:36 AM

Capella Education is part of an industry drive to fend off regulations that could cut federal funding for some schools.

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ironguruFeb. 1, 1110:02 AM

That sums it up pretty well (78% of its $335 million in revenue from Goverment loans and grants)while using our money to lobby politicians! Go figure! Corporate welfare never ends!

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skier_rickFeb. 2, 11 7:53 AM

These aren't educators they are farmers...farming the system with the Ol' farmer himself, John Kline. Yep, John will show you how to talk out of both sides of your mouth or how to cut taxes yet reap public funding for private profits...how wonderful! Do charter schools work? Answer, no. And they divert money from underfunded public education which further erodes that. Good strategy? I guess if you think privitizing profits and socializing costs is good then, yes, they are successful...at your expense. Please read anything by Diane Ravitch and see this video from Rice University where Ravitch takes on the charter school movement and humbles them. John Kline and the rest of the charter movement....look at this video! You are simply wrong-headed. Don't fall for the charter hoax. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_HwI6S92Eo

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skier_rickFeb. 2, 11 8:00 AM

Additionally, John Kline and company should read this fine book: The Manufactured Crisis by Berliner and Biddle. And all should read Discipline and Punish by Foucault. We all need to do our part to learn, don't we John Kline?

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skier_rickFeb. 2, 11 8:08 AM

Student loans...the next Wall St. disaster just waiting to happen. Look up the graduation rates vs. the loan defaults of students of these schools...what do you find? Go ahead...look it up at Google. Yes, John Kline wants to support that kind of failure! He must be bucking for a spot on SNL. John, it is simply a disgrace that you support this kind of blatent lie and perpetuate this fraud on the people.

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yardpoliceFeb. 2, 11 8:59 AM

"student loans...the next Wall St. disaster just waiting to happen." skier_rick is exactly right. It would sure be nice if the politicians who are lamenting about which side to support would speak with the instructors at these schools. Many were hired under the pretense that they would TEACH students when, in fact, the main duty imposed upon the teachers ends up being MARKETING MARKETING MARKETING the school. The students are secondary, the learning is really last on the priority list and generating revenue for the school is really the only thing that matters - it's gross.

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mike0023Feb. 2, 11 9:10 AM

"new regulations that would withhold federal education loans and grants from for-profit colleges with high student debt and low student loan repayments" -- What is the federal government doing handing out loans and grants to colleges in the first place? Is paying for people's college education a core government function? Is our economy doing so well that we can afford to spend taxpayer money on non-essential things? No and no. I say, if you can't afford college, TS. (It is overrated anyway.)

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jrspacemanFeb. 2, 11 9:12 AM

Way too many student loans are made to people who will never pay them back, at our expense. This is even worse than the mortgage loans, because with students the federal government is putting up a lot of the money. The schools need to provide loans to people who will pay them back, and not just use the loan program as a way to make a simple buck off the taxpayer.

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back2schoolFeb. 2, 11 9:20 AM

Isn't gainful employment the idea of higher ed? Sure a few lucky souls get to study for personal enrichment and fun. And I'm all for the liberal arts degree. But, unless we are reverting back a couple centuries when the purpose of education was to train aristocracy and church leaders, most of us sign up for student loans under the belief from marketing, media, society and experience that the loans are our ticket to a "better life", (read: income that is significantly greater than without the education, even after the repayment expense of those loans.) Institutions of higher learning should be expected to keep their part of the bargain by establishing and holding to the highest standards for administrative and academic departments.

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a121940Feb. 2, 1110:06 AM

Kline is nothing but a hack for the rich. Another rep pol who talks out of both sides of his mouth. Sad that ordinary people can't see thru this BS.

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drposterFeb. 2, 1111:02 AM

Loved this comment in the story "Critics contend that too many students of for-profit programs leave with useless degrees" Really? I'm no fan of the for profits, but this could be applied to both sides. Social Justice? GLBT Studies? As majors?? No reason not to study maybe apply as a minor, but pretty much useless once you get out of college.

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