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COLLEGE: Move beyond politics to seek reform

Letter by Mark Brenner, Phoenix, Ariz. on Aug. 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm | 4 Comments »
August 20, 2012 10:44 am

Re: “Too many for-profit colleges fail to deliver for students” (editorial, 8-12).

We appreciate that the recent report on career-focused colleges and universities written by Sen. Tom Harkin’s staff acknowledges the “important role” University of Phoenix plays

Hundreds of thousands of students have worked hard, juggling a family, a job and other responsibilities to earn a degree at University of Phoenix. Unfortunately, with broad brush-stroke rhetoric and outdated examples, Harkin’s report simply discounts and dismisses their hard work and success.

Our record of responsibly providing a quality and accredited education to our nation’s military and our leading efforts with Congress and the White House to enhance and expand protections for those in the armed forces is above reproach. We continue to actively support bipartisan, common-sense reforms that apply to all schools and joined with various veterans’ service organizations to outline specific reforms to support and protect military students.

Nontraditional students attend University of Phoenix because we provide flexible, rigorous and relevant education. That’s a flexible education unavailable at the local community college or traditional college campus.

We stand ready to support balanced, common-sense solutions that benefit all American students. But first we must move beyond politics in Washington.

(Brenner is senior vice president for external affairs with the Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix.)

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