By Peter Smith
I read with interest the Chronicle of Higher Education article on how different institutions in the proprietary sector are responding to satisfy the 90/10 rule’s pernicious effect on tuition ("Colleges Scramble to Avoid Violating Federal-Aid Limit," The Chronicle, April 2). There were many true facts in the article.
The problem is that they were sculpted to create an impression of wrongdoing when, in fact, they tell a story of consequences. How is this so?
American higher education boasts a wide variety of choices. That is one of the great strengths of our system. As a former community-college and state-university president, I recognize the value of a low tuition based on subsidies for students. But with colleges all over America capping enrollment and raising tuition, who will serve the re-marginalized learners, the very people with whom President Obama says we have to succeed to meet his goals?
Senior Vice President
Academic Strategies & Development
Kaplan Higher Education
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.