President Obama’s executive order aiming to protect veterans from deceptive recruiting practices the White House charges are employed by some for-profit colleges generated a slew of headlines today.
Obama visited Fort Stewart in Georgia Friday morning to sign the order, which requires institutions to provide more information about a range of issues to potential student veterans and military family members before registering them for classes. For instance, the White House says that some colleges encourage veterans to sign up for costly institutional loans when lower-cost federal student aid is available.
There have been other complaints about fraudulent marketing practices targeting veterans and military family members that have access to GI Bill education benefits, and several pieces of legislation addressing the issue are pending on Capitol Hill. The Obama administration says the executive order is designed to put requirements in place that so far have stalled in Congress.
The organization representing many for-profit colleges, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), criticized the president for bypassing Congress.
For more on the executive order, see the following stories:
Obama to Crack Down on Deceptive Practices by Colleges That Recruit Veterans
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
Obama Order Targets Student Loan Pitches to Veterans
The Washington Post
Obama Targets Diploma Mills That Market to Vets
The Associated Press (BusinessWeek)
Obama Targets Fraudulent Loan Marketing Aimed at Military