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December 12, 2011

Cummings launches probe into for-profit schools

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday he will launch an investigation into executive compensation at for-profit colleges.

Cummings sent letters to 13 colleges Monday, including DeVry Inc. and Kaplan Inc., requesting they turnover compensation agreements for senior executives “as part of an effort to determine whether [their] salary, bonuses, and other compensation are appropriately tied to the performance of the students [they] educate, the vast majority of which pay for their education with federal tax dollars.”

Many students at the schools pay tuition with taxpayer-funded student loan programs, Cummings said. None of the schools are based in Maryland.

The Baltimore lawmaker has made executive compensation a top issue, including efforts to limit salaries and bonuses for executives at companies that benefited from federal bailouts.

Updated: Brian Moran, interim chief executive officer and president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, called Cummings' request "just more politics" and said it "fails to acknowledge the important role private sector colleges and universities have in educating non-traditional students."

Posted by John Fritze at 10:08 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Washington


Even if (hahaha) the CEOs are making reasonable salaries, it's highway robbery to bill taxpayers for these ripoff schools that provide inferior education to low income, undereducated students desperate for better career prospects. Local community colleges provide better education at a much lower cost and the graduation rates of students who enter these shady programs are well under 50%. Those who do graduate rarely earn enough to pay off the loans. These companies are predators destroying lives of the poor and footing the rest of us with the bill. Absolutely no subsidized loans should be used to fund this garbage "education"!

Cummings is the MOST overpaid man in Maryland.

He should be flinging fries at McD's for which he is more qualified than as a Congressman.

Mr. Cummings should commence a probe into Congress and his job and salary.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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