As the Obama administration works to boost college graduation rates during an economic downturn, a liberal political action committee is recommending that sometimes controversial for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix and DeVry Universities be recognized as viable alternatives to traditional institutions like state and community colleges.-- Ali Weinberg, MSNBC.
Michael J. Wilson, the director of the organization Americans for Democratic Action, said today that for-profit colleges are a good fit for both first-time and returning college students, especially those in underserved communities, and should not be overlooked in the hierarchy of higher education institutions.
"We don't believe we can use the same narrow bands of universities that we traditionally use, and we believe we need to use every arrow in our quiver," Wilson told reporters in a conference call today. Citing the rising, often prohibitive costs of traditional colleges Wilson said "education is unequal depending on where you are from, and we need to give more opportunites" to low-income people seeking further education and training.
Read more about the ADA's study here.