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Post-Broadcast Letters of Response From the Colleges/Universities

Pre-Broadcast Letters of Response From the Colleges/Universities

Four of the biggest players in the for-profit higher education market declined to be interviewed for this program. However, they did respond in writing to queries from correspondent Martin Smith.

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Homeless Shelters Cry Foul on For-Profits’ Tactics

Editor's Note (7/9/10): It has come to our attention through a ProPublica investigation into for-profit colleges and short sellers that one of the two letters published below to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan -- the one signed by 20 shelter officials from several states -- was instigated by someone working for an investment firm that was paying her to investigate for-profit schools. It has been reported that financial firms involved in short selling have had a longstanding interest in getting out negative news about the for-profit higher education sector.

FRONTLINE was provided the letters by a short seller who was interviewed for our College Inc. report. Before publishing, we contacted people to verify the authenticity of both letters. For the group letter, we contacted a few of the signatories to confirm they had signed it and it reflected their views; at the time FRONTLINE regretfully didn't go further and contact more of the signers and ask for more details about the provenance of that letter.

posted may 4, 2010

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