Another busy week for career colleges has come and gone. For-profit colleges are fighting back, Fox News reports. "President Obama and his education secretary are facing a bipartisan revolt from almost 300 lawmakers, an inspector general's investigation and several lawsuits over a proposed crackdown on for-profit colleges, which train people for jobs ranging from plumbers to computer technicians."
Yet the for-profits continue to grow undeterred. The Nonprofit Quarterly brings word that for-profit colleges are growing at a faster pace than their nonprofit counterparts, despite criticism and investigations. The proportion of undergraduate students enrolled in for-profit institutions "nearly tripled from 3.1 percent in 1999 to 9 percent in 2009. The article reports that "students are flocking to the for-profit colleges for something they think they aren't getting or can't get from nonprofit colleges and universities."
But the war on for-profit colleges doesn't seem to make sense, according to Investors.com. "Since 2000, enrollment in for-profit schools such as Apollo Group and DeVry had tripled, the Education Department says. Today, about one in 10 students attend a 'career college.' What's more, they attract students less likely to attend college otherwise -- they are poorer, less educated, older, more likely to be minorities and single parents," the article reports. "That would seem to be a good thing," it concludes.
The proposed legislation nonetheless speeds apace, and the education of thousands upon thousands of nontraditional students is in jeopardy.