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Thu Apr 26, 2012, 11:40 PM

President Obama Targets Deceptive College Recruiting Aimed At Veterans

Obama Targets Colleges Preying On Veterans' GI Bill Benefits

For more than a year, veterans groups and Senate Democrats have warned that for-profit colleges are aggressively recruiting current and former soldiers for their generous federal tuition benefits.

President Barack Obama on Friday will sign an executive order aimed at rooting out unscrupulous sales tactics by schools seeking to capitalize on billions of dollars in higher education assistance for the military.

The president's plan is designed to provide better transparency about graduation rates and to crack down on misleading advertisements on the Internet and at military bases, according to administration officials who announced the initiative Thursday evening.

"What we won't accept is inappropriate behavior that undermines the very purpose of these educational programs," said a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity.



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