California Aims For Stronger Regulation on For-Profit Colleges

The war against for profit colleges just took another turn for the better thanks to new legislation proposed by California lawmakers. The authors of the bill want to stem the bleeding in regard to the number of students who attend for-profit colleges only to find out that their degrees aren’t applicable in their chosen careers.

The Legitimacy of For Profit Colleges

For-Profit Schools

Lawsuits Are Increasing

The question of the legitimacy of for profit colleges is an important and urgent one, particularly in California where an estimated 70,000 students are choosing to seek education from these institutions. At the same time, the lawsuits against commercial colleges have been increasing with each passing year. This is perhaps due to the realization by students and the general public that these colleges only exist to turn a profit.

They also have a terrible reputation for using unscrupulous, aggressive marketing tactics when it comes to registering new students.

Accountability

This piece of new legislation is being proposed by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. Basically, the bill would work to replace the state’s ineffective regulatory bureau with an independent board to investigate student complains and monitor schools. Bonilla says that the bill would bring a higher level of scrutiny to career colleges and force them to clean up their act by becoming more accountable as well as transparent. Ms. Bonilla heads the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection.

Her sentiments were echoed by a number of her colleagues such as Robyn Smith, a former California deputy attorney who says that the avalanche of probes into for profit schools is indicative of the continuous problem of commercial college abuses meted out to students which continues to happen.

Despite the fact that this bill would bring on new and more efficient checks and balances, there’s always the fear that it could be a time wasting exercise given that the bill expires in 2017, less than 2 years after its implementation. Legislators are now looking into extending the duration of the bill. In 2007, the then state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill which would have extended the duration of the regulations put on these colleges. As a result, more than 1000 unaccredited schools sprang out of nowhere, all scrambling to get a piece of the pie given the lax laws at the time.

We Can Help

Commercial college scams are getting out of hand, and the people that are suffering due to the irresponsibility of these entities are the taxpayers and students whose only wish is to get better opportunities in life. If you’ve been a victim of post-secondary school scams, please contact Rasansky Law Firm today by filling out the contact form found on this page.

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