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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