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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Accountability for Colleges

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Your Aug. 16 editorial “An Industry in Need of Accountability” misses the mark.  Improved accountability in higher education is critical for every institution, not just the for-profit sector.

Every school needs to be held accountable to the same high standard regardless of tax structure.  For more than three decades the University of Phoenix has been the greatest source of innovation in higher education and has dramatically improved the educational experience for students across the United States.  Our focus on technology and adaptive learning as well as a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1 make this possible.

Sixty-five percent of all jobs require some form of enhanced skills, and 55 percent of the nation’s work force doesn’t have a college degree.   The New York Times should be seeking solutions to the issues of quality and access.  It is the only way for America to once again lead the world in college graduation.