Undercover Probe Finds Lax Academic Standards at Some For-Profit Colleges

An undercover investigation by the Government Accountability Office has found evidence of lax academic standards in some online for-profit programs. The probe, which is described in a report made public Tuesday, found that staff at six of the 12 colleges that enrolled the investigators tolerated plagiarism or awarded credit for incomplete or shoddy work.

The release of the report, "For-Profit Schools: Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges," comes roughly a year after the accountability office revised an earlier report on recruiting abuses at for-profit colleges, acknowledging errors and omissions in its findings. A coalition of for-profit colleges has sued the office over that report, accusing its investigators of professional malpractice.

Undercover Probe Finds Lax Academic Standards at Some For-Profit Colleges