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Making it Happen: Increasing College Access and Participation in California Higher Education--The Role of Private Postsecondary Providers - By 2025, California will face an estimated shortfall of one million workers with skills learned in college. The state's fiscal resources have evaporated and the postsecondary and community college systems are over capacity. This report looks at how private postsecondary providers can help the state address the problem. The authors of this report suggest eight changes which, in combination, will greatly improve the situation. (National University System Institute for Policy Research, March 2011)...

Subprime Opportunity: The Unfulfilled Promise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities - The Education Trust feels with the collapse of the subprime lending industry, the showdown between for-profit colleges and the government shows how the aspirations of the underserved, when combined with lax regulation, make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer. For-profit colleges provide high-cost degree programs that have little change of leading to high-paying careers, and leave the most vulnerable students with heavy debt. Instead of providing a solid pathway to the middle class, they pave a path into the sub-basement of the American economy. (The Education Trust, November 2010)...

For-Profit Colleges: Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices - Testimony before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In 2009, students at for-profit colleges received more than $4 billion in Pell Grants and more than $20 billion in federal loans. GAO was asked to: (1) conduct undercover testing to determine if for-profit colleges' representatives engaged in fraudulent, deceptive or otherwise questionable marketing practices; and (2) compare the tuitions of the for-profit colleges tested with those of other colleges in the same geographic region. Among other findings, undercover tests at 15 for-profit colleges found that 4 colleges encouraged fraudulent practices and all 15 made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements. (Gregory Kutz, U.S. Government Accountability Office, August 2010)...

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