Former Representatives Ronnie Shows and Bob Barr got it right. I’ve worked in the higher education field for over 40 years and also recognize the unique opportunities proprietary schools bring to low income, minority and other students whose options may not include a “traditional” four-year university.
The president has indeed called for more graduates by 2020 and in order to prepare more students to graduate, we need to open as many opportunities as possible, especially for the students who are considered “at risk.” Programs at private sector schools help students acquire real-world skills that translate into better jobs and better opportunities.
There are good and bad actors – but as pointed out above – we need to be careful that the good actors are not thrown out with the bad. Too many students will be hurt in the process. We need to remember to keep students at the center of this debate.