For-profit College Report Valid After Changes, U.S. GAO Says

A U.S. investigation that found misleading and fraudulent recruiting practices at for-profit colleges is accurate and unbiased, according to the Government Accountability Office, the agency that conducted the probe.

While there were "weaknesses" in the process of writing the Aug. 4 report that led to errors, the authors had no conflicts of interest, and there are no plans to withdraw the publication, according to a statement the GAO released today on its self-investigation.

The inquiry was conducted by the GAO, Congress’s investigative arm, after industry groups and Washington lawmakers questioned why a revised version of the report on for- profit colleges’ recruitment practices was released in November. Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate education committee, conducted a hearing on for-profit colleges that was based on the original Aug. 4 report.


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