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For-profit colleges need closer scrutiny

Across America, recent higher-ed graduates and dropouts are feeling burned because the educations they counted on to bring them prosperity have instead yielded deep debts but few job offers. The picture is particularly bleak for students at for-profit colleges — a sector that, in an alternate universe, could be leading the innovation in higher education.

For-profit schools often seek to provide vocational skills rather than traditional academic training and could, in theory, move more quickly to respond to changes in what employers are demanding. The industry argues that it gives working parents, returning service members, and other nontraditional students more freedom to earn degrees.

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