Career College Association Pledges to Toughen Recruiting Standards

Responding to what it called a "deeply troubling" government report that highlighted extensive examples of aggressive recruiting by for-profit colleges, the Career College Association has announced that it will initiate a series of steps to rein in abusive practices by its member colleges.

The program will include a tougher code of compliance and the development of an industrywide "mystery shopper" program to help police colleges’ recruiting and financial-advising practices.

Separately, the nation’s largest private college, the University of Phoenix, announced that it had begun an internal investigation into conduct cited in the report and noted that a training slide for university recruiters that was shown at a Senate hearing on Wednesday was from 2003 and "does not reflect the values of the current leadership team who do not condone the attitude represented by this particular slide."


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