: News

Alexandria Computer Learning Centers Cited for Recruitment Policies

Play associated audio

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

A federal investigation that spanned over 11 years found evidence of illegal recruitment practices at colleges and universities that receive federal financial aid, including one local school in Virginia. A follow-up report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls for stronger enforcement and oversight of a ban that prohibits the schools from handing out bonuses to people who help increase enrollment.

GAO investigators say Computer Learning Centers in Alexandria based employees' salaries and bonuses on enrollment numbers. The violations were substantiated in 2000.

In the latest GAO report, investigators claim schools nationwide continued to get away with aggressive recruiting practices because of regulations added in 2002 that increased the burden on federal education officials to prove schools violated the ban and lessened financial penalties.

White House officials plan to eliminate the regulations next month. Rich Williams is a higher education advocate for the Public Interest Research Group.

"The main opposition are folks who continue to want to weave in and out of the rules to get advantage wherever they can and increase profits," Williams says.

Critics of the White House plan are concerned the new law will lack clarity and school recruiters will have a difficult time knowing whether they are in compliance.

NPR

Patricia Clarkson On 'Learning To Drive,' Fighting For Starring Roles

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to actress Patricia Clarkson about her role as a jilted wife without a driver's license in Learning to Drive. Ben Kingsley plays her instructor, who is a Sikh man.
NPR

Open Your Eyes To The Infinite Possibility Of The Tomato

How do you transform 100 pounds of 60 varieties of tomatoes into a seven-course meal? It may sound like a math problem, but it's more of a creative journey into the infinite possibility of the tomato.
NPR

British Prime Minister Announces U.K. Will Take In More Migrants

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour about British Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement to allow more Syrian refugees into the UK.
NPR

Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

The black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium during a second-round match and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.