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Wisconsin For-Profit Oversight Board Defends Role

February 17, 2015

Of the 46,634 Wisconsin adults enrolled in private institutions (most of them for-profit) during 2012 and 2013, 36.5 percent dropped out within 2 years, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. The report says that the highest dropout rates were at online for-profit institutions. A press release accompanying the report noted the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, has proposed eliminating the board, to “decrease the regulatory and fiscal burden on private, for-profit schools.” David C. Dies, director of the board, said in a statement that the new data show why it's important to have an oversight board for for-profit higher education. Governor Walker's proposal "eliminates the ability for anyone to collect and review student outcomes data from these institutions," Dies said.

 

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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