September 27, 2021

Senator Harkin to Retire, finally!

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa will not seek another term in 2014.  The Senator an outspoken critic of the For Profit Education sector looks to finally be retiring.  Harkin, famous for his improper investigations utilizing precarious practices to skew finding along with having his gainful employment overturned by the courts for being biased & arbitrary looks to spend more time with his family.

The five-term Democrat and nearly four-decade veteran of Congress is the second fixture of his party in the Senate to announce his retirement in recent weeks

“I have been thinking hard about the decision whether to run for a sixth term in the United States Senate for a number of months – even more these last few weeks,” Harkin said in a statement released by his office today.

Link to article: http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2013-01-26/harkin-retiring-somebody-elses-turn/

OOH Harkin, don’t we have laws in place to prevent graft !

Don’t we all know by now that most politicians are by definition for profit!  Maybe Harkin is just mad he didn’t get enough donations from the industry…

An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple’s allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press.

The 2011 email from then-Iowa State University Provost Elizabeth Hoffman describes the top-secret process that Ruth Harkin and a small group of officials pursued in planning the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which remains mired in controversy nearly two years later. It noted that an ethics scandal involving a similar institute honoring New York Rep. Charlie Rangel made the Harkins aware “that they needed to make sure the fundraising was very above board,” but they have faced questions about their relationship with donors nonetheless.

Click Here to read the complete article: http://www.washingtonguardian.com/apnewsbreak-senators-wife-sought-iowa-institute?goback=%2Egde_2063352_member_201153961

Senate Report Paints a negative Portrait of For-Profit Higher Education

While the report did say that For-profit colleges can play an important role in educating nontraditional students, but the colleges often operate as aggressive recruiting machines focused on generating shareholder profits at the expense of a quality education for their students.

That’s the unflattering portrait of the for-profit higher-education industry detailed in a voluminous report officially released on Monday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The report, which also criticizes the accrediting agencies that evaluate the colleges, concludes a two-year investigation into the operations of 30 for-profit higher-education companies from 2006 to 2010.

A major issue raised was the amount of money spent on recruiting students

Article from the Chronicle: http://chronicle.com/article/A-Damning-Portrait-of/133253/