Marco Rubio wants for-profit colleges to have easier time ‘competing’
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants to expand the role that for-profit schools have in higher education.
According to USA Today, Rubio wrote an editorial for the National Review where he details why he believes the nation is better off if the education department changes the rules of accreditation for for-profit schools.
“These innovative providers cannot compete with the cartel of existing brick-and-mortar colleges and universities that dominates the accreditation process and shields our higher-education system from reform, competition, and accountability.”
Rubio is referring to how tough it is for for-profit colleges to attain accreditation. In changing the process, Rubio believes that it would allow for more for-profit schools to offer vocational training.
In doing so, far more Americans will be ready to attain gainful employment. In essence, Rubio wants “more welders and fewer philosophers.”
Slight problem with Rubio’s argument is that he’s receiving donations from the for-profit education industry. It’s not much as Rubio has taken in about $24,000 since 2014 according to opensecrets.org.
While the totals aren’t high, it lends credence to the idea that Rubio only has this idea to appease a portion of his donation base.
But in addition to that, it doesn’t seem to be the best idea in the world to allow for more for-profit institutions into the fold of higher education without dealing with the problem that many have caused.
From Corenthian Colleges to Education Management Corporation, the United States Education Department has been busy putting out fires that for-profit colleges has caused.
Rubio is right that students may need greater access to vocational institutions, but for-profit colleges may not be the best way to go.