Senators Harkin &Hagan propose restricting abusive marketing practices by for profit colleges

 On April 18, 2012 US Senators Tom  Harkin and Kay Hagan introduced a bill to prohibit all colleges  from using money from federal student assistance programs, including Title IV student loans and grants, Veterans benefits and the GI Bill, to pay for marketing, advertising and recruiting ( The bill was precipitated by aggressive and misleading […]

New allegations of racist practices at for profit colleges emerge

  On Wednesday April 11 2012 Courthouse news reported Joseph Simpson, a former dean at for profit school Anthem Career College, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging Anthem fired him for protesting racist hiring practices and the cheating of workers out of overtime pay.   According to Courthouse news the complaint stated “Ms. Nash […]

A Play about For-Profit Colleges

Aaron Calafato is a playwright and actor. Like many people who choose that line of work, however, he has a hard time making a dime.  So he took a job as a recruiter for a for-profit college in Ohio. His experiences there led him to become a critic of the predatory industry. Now, according to […]

Will the Greek economic collapse lead to private for-profit prison incarceration?

 Picture of the Prison of Socrates in Greece The prison population in Greece has seen a steady rise within the last dozen years.  Below are some of the numbers. Prisoners in Greece Year   Capacity Population 1998 4,332        6,150 2005 5,584        8,72 2008 7,543        11,243 2009 9,103        11,736 2011 9,223        12,586  Now, with the country […]

Georgia & North Carolina for profit college deregulation tied to ALEC

In an article written for, entitled: How North Carolina’s Shock Doctrine Artists Are Resegregating Higher Education, I describe how in 2010, an alliance of conservative republicans took over the North Carolina legislature for the first time in 100 years and are now busy implementing legislation which can be traced back to the American Legislative […]

Testimonial of a for-profit college student: For-profit colleges answer to a dream come true or a nightmare?

The following is from a former student at Kaplan University.  Dear Mr. Weil  If you are able to can you please read the attachment I sent along and give me your honest opinion. I am a former student of Kaplan University and needless to say they really took me for a very long and painful […]

For-Profit Colleges: Separate but not equal and the New Jim Crow

School segregation and the doctrine of separate but equal were the law of the land until 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v Board of Education: We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . Sixty years […]

Reforming Higher Education at $1400 a Plate

  Are you a hedge fund manager or venture capitalist feeling guilty about being in the 1%? Do you need a philanthropic investment to help polish the image of your brand, sullied by the Occupy protests? Or are you a seeking a way to make huge profits off of the government you love to hate? […]

Washington Post Pays Kaplan CEO $76 million while students left $50,000 in debt and Maryland Congressman, Elijah Cummings and Senator Durbin call for investigation into for-profit predatory college CEO pay

On December 12, 2011, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings sent letters to the CEO’s of 13 for-profit colleges requesting information on executive compensation packages to investigate “how the structure of your executive-compensation packages affects the performance of students educated with taxpayer funds.”  Cummings is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee” (Chronicle of Higher Education, […]