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Issues

July 21, 2011

Improving For-Profit Higher Education: A Roundtable Discussion of Policy Solutions

Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee invited chief executives and experts in for-profit higher education to exchange their views on policy changes needed to make sure that students and taxpayers are well-served by the sector.

Additional information about this hearing, including witness lists, can be viewed on the HELP Committee website.


June 7, 2011

Drowning in Debt: Financial Outcomes of Students at For-Profit Colleges

In the fifth hearing on for-profit schools, Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee engage a panel of witnesses on the high cost and high student default rates among those attending for-profit schools. The Committee also discusses the newly-released gainful employment rule.

Charts referred to in the hearing

Documents released in hearing

Additional information about this hearing, including witness lists, can be viewed on the HELP Committee website.


March 10, 2011

Bridgepoint Education, Inc.: A Case study in For-Profit Education and Oversight

In the fourth hearing on for-profit schools, Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee examine weaknesses in the regulation of the for-profit education sector through a case study of Bridgepoint Education. Witnesses include representatives from the "triad" of education regulators and discuss the challenges in dealing with this new kind of educational model.


September 30, 2010

The Federal Investment in For-Profit Education: Are Students Succeeding?

In the third hearing on for-profit schools, Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee focus on the growing federal investment in the for-profit college sector, along with dismal student outcomes rates at a number of for-profit institutions.

Hearing Charts

Additional information about this hearing, including witness lists, can be viewed on the HELP Committee website.


August 4, 2010

For-Profit Schools: The Student Recruitment Experience

In the second hearing on for-profit schools, Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee engage a panel of witnesses regarding disturbing recruiting practices in the for-profit college sector, with a special focus on a GAO report documenting misleading or deceptive recruiting practices at 15 for-profit colleges.

For more information on GAO's work, including full audio recordings of the undercover visits, click here.


June 24, 2010

Emerging Risk? An Overview of the Federal Investment in For-Profit Education

In the first of a series of hearings examining the federal investment in for-profit schools, Senator Harkin and members of the H.E.L.P. Committee engage a panel of witnesses on the problems and opportunities offered by for-profit schools, with an emphasis on ensuring that Federal education dollars are spent wisely.

Hearing Charts

Additional information about this hearing, including witness lists, can be viewed on the HELP Committee website.