Wisconsin is shaping up to be an important front in the battle over for-profit higher education, with a likely crackdown in Milwaukee and a brewing debate over tighter regulations at the state level.
Milwaukee’s city council is set to vote this week on a proposed ordinance that would require for-profits to jump through new hoops to receive city money, including real estate subsidies for private developers that work with the sector. The ordinance, which is likely to pass, follows the shuttering last fall of a controversial Everest College campus, which went belly-up less than two years after opening its doors.
Meanwhile, the state agency that oversees for-profits is mulling the creation of “performance standards” for colleges that operate in the state – a rare move. That process is ongoing, and a committee the board pulled together is unlikely to submit proposed regulations until the summer. But last September the board formally endorsed a plan to “establish minimum standards for student program completion and graduate placement in employment rates.”