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3.03.2011

Testimony Lines up against For Profits

The March 1, 2011 Congressional Hearings on military tuition assistance were pretty predictable.  Click on the link and you can find the testimony.

Service members demand online programs because they are the only ones that fit with their ridiculous schedules.  So these schools are here to stay.  The solution is pretty simple and you don't need DoD to do anything and we don't need more regulations:
  1. Tighten up Regional Accreditation and put some teeth into it so that it means something
  2. Only pay for regionally accredited programs

From Harkin:
"In December, I released a report into these two programs and found that revenue from DoD educational programs at 18 for profit education companies increased from $40 million in 2006 to an unexpected $175.1 million in 2010, a 337 percent increase. Revenue from VA educational programs for the same 18 for-profit education companies increased from $26.3 million in 2006 to an unexpected $285.8 million for 2010, including a fivefold increase between 2009 and 2010.

Revenues from military education benefits at 20 for-profit education companies increased more rapidly than overall revenues in every year between 2006 and 2010. Finally, in the first year of Post-9/11 GI Bill implementation, the VA spent comparable amounts on tuition for students attending public schools and students attending for profit schools, but the VA funded 200,000 students at public schools compared to just 75,000 at for-profits."

Please - don't over-regulate - make the current regs work.

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