Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A "vital role"

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan might be speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Just last week he told PBS' Frontline that attention needed to be paid to for-profit higher education programs in the United States.

However, today -- to an audience made up largely of for-profit school representatives -- he said such colleges play a "vital role" in ensuring the U.S. had more college graduates than any other nation by the end of this decade.

Granted, in his remarks (and quoted in the link above), Sec. Duncan acknowledged there were some "bad apples" in the higher-education game. But his comments, in my opinion, send the wrong message about the importance of for-profit schools.

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