Veterans’ groups level harsh criticism against for-profit colleges

“Some of these institutions aggressively solicit veterans with combat stress-related impairments, severe traumatic brain injuries or other physical disabilities,” PVA said.

The American Legion’s National Economic Commission also came out for Obama’s executive order, as did the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Jennifer Steele, a policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank funded in part by the federal government, told legislators that studies showed that military veterans were not duped into attending for-profit schools.

“Some students in for-profit institutions mentioned that they had deliberately sought an environment that catered to working adults,” Steele said in a statement, adding that many veterans are drawn to for-profits’ online course selections. “They were also drawn to the career-focused curricula of the for-profits and the ability to avoid broad-based requirements and electives that did not pertain directly to their career plans.”

Among military veterans who attempted to transfer online and in-person course credits from private for-profit schools last year, 60 percent said they were satisfied with the often-complicated process, higher than the satisfaction rates at public two-year and four-year campuses, according to RAND.

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