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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2011 :: 8:09:20 to 8:11:15
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Tom Harkin

8:09:20 to 8:09:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: of the most deceptive programs of getting students to sign up. and that's all documented on film. secondly, the accrediting agency that accredits west wood was out at west wood about the same time, and yet they found none of

Tom Harkin

8:09:20 to 8:11:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Harkin

Tom Harkin

8:09:43 to 8:10:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the things that the g.a.o. found. and i had a hearing. i had them before a committee. i asked the accrediting agency how could it be that on the one hand the g.a.o. finds all this and yet you say they're fine and they get accredited? they did admit that there was some laxness or there was some loopholes, there were some things they weren't paying

Tom Harkin

8:10:05 to 8:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: attention to that they needed to do a better job of accrediting. i say to my friend that what the federal government does is we say for a school to be able to be eligible for federal financial aid, you could accept pell grants and get the guaranteed student loans, you have to be accredited. the federal government doesn't do that accrediting.

Tom Harkin

8:10:26 to 8:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: that's done by private agencies. here's another one, i say to my friend from illinois that we need to look into. get this: the accrediting agencies that abg credit, let's say a west wood, do you know where they get their funding? from the schools they acredit.

Tom Harkin

8:10:48 to 8:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: talk about a fox in a chicken coop. they go out to accredit west wood but it is west wood paying to accredit them. this is something as a federal government, we've got to get into. this is a system that has kind of run amok, this whole accrediting system. i think there needs to be a

Tom Harkin

8:11:11 to 8:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: better system of accrediting schools. i can assure my friend this is something our committee on

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