Defending for-profit colleges

Last month, a company called Education Management Corporation was sued by the Department of Justice, reports the New York Times.  Education Management is a for-profit education company; in fact, it is the country’s second-largest such company, with more than 150,000 students attending classes on more than 100 campuses, where it offers degrees in business, accounting and nursing, among other subjects. According to the government, Education Management had a “ ‘boiler-room’-style sales culture.” Its recruiters used “high-pressure sales techniques, and inflated claims about career placement to increase student enrollment, regardless of applicants’ qualifications,” as the Times put it in an article about the lawsuit…

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