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GAO report finds cheating, plagiarism and other violations in for-profit colleges’ online classes

WASHINGTON -- A number of for-profit colleges routinely gave students credit for substandard and plagiarized work, and handled students’ financial aid improperly, according to the results of an undercover investigation released today by the Government Accountability Office.

The report’s findings raise questions about the lax oversight of the fast-growing for-profit industry that received almost $32 billion in government grants and loans in the 2009-2010 school year.

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