Milwaukee Considers Restrictions on City Money for For-Profit Colleges

Members of Milwaukee’s Common Council are considering a proposal that would require for-profit colleges seeking city money to document the institution’s compliance with federal regulations governing program integrity. The move comes as a local campus of Everest College, which is owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., follows through on plans to shut down after posting a poor record of placing students in jobs. Seven of the council’s 15 members are sponsoring the proposal. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin agency that oversees for-profit colleges statewide is also considering a proposal that would require for-profit institutions to meet certain performance benchmarks.

(Updated, 1:30 a.m., 1/31/2013) The headline on this item was updated after several commenters noted the ambiguity of the original headline, which read: ‘Proposal in Milwaukee Would Limit City Money to For-Profit Colleges.”

According to city records, the proposed ordinance is supported by the board of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, which operates its downtown campus just a few blocks south of the Everest location. Everest’s plans for its downtown site were opposed by several MATC faculty and students.

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