When I wrote about diploma mills for Wired last winter, many people encouraged me to scrutinize for-profit colleges and universities. But because of the scope of my story about physics professor George Gollin and his battle against obviously fraudulent operations, in which "students" merely pay for their "degrees," I had to steer clear of the issue of for-profit operations.
Now the Government Accountability Office has started looking closely at these institutions. I've pasted below the summary of the report, released last month. It isn't exactly glowing. "
For-Profit Colleges: Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices GAO-10-948T August 4, 2010