A state lawmaker wants to remove the supervision of some private, for-profit career colleges from a state agency dominated by the same people who run the colleges, citing a potential conflict of interest.
Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a bill to revamp the Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education, which licenses 122 for-profit schools offering two-year associate's degrees, technical certificates or other diplomas in different career fields.
Meeks would transfer the board's oversight of seven two-year, for-profit colleges to the state's Council on Post-secondary Education.
Six of the board's 11 seats are filled by representatives of for-profit colleges, appointed by the governor. Board chairman Mark Gabis is president of Owensboro-based Daymar College, which is being sued in McCracken Circuit Court by a group of students who allege their educations left them in debt and were inadequate for them to get good jobs or transfer their credits to other schools.
The for-profit education industry has come under scrutiny recently by Congress and the states following complaints from students who say they went into debt often using federally guaranteed financial aid without getting the educations or subsequent job placements the colleges had promised.
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