ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Message to Senator Durbin: Level the Playing Field

March 1, 2012 by Michael Poliakoff

Recently, Senator Richard Durbin wrote to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, asking them to "take great care in considering the integrity and quality" of the University of Phoenix. Ironically, University of Phoenix recently published its 4th annual report on the diversity of its students and faculty, its graduation rates, and student learning outcomes, including results from the Proficiency Profile, which is a well-regarded, nationally-normed assessment of core collegiate skills. Only a minority of the nation's non-profit institutions are willing to be nearly so transparent about student learning gains.

ACTA's What Will They Learn? project, moreover, quickly reveals how many non-profit institutions graduate less than 30% of their first-time, full-time freshmen, even over six-years. For-profit institutions may make a convenient scapegoat for the crisis in American higher education, but it is both unjust and misguided to apply special regulations to them. Justice and prudence demand a level playing field. That is the only kind of game that will allow America's college students to win. 

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