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And they are growing rapidly _ unlike cash-strapped community colleges struggling to accommodate increasing demand. For-profits claim that their model, sculpted in marketplace competition, works (65 percent earn a degree or certificate within six years, compared with 25 percent beginning at public two- year institutions, according to CCA). They also claim to serve a higher percentage of minority and low-income students. ``If our institutions are doing a better job, particularly working with at risk- students, why should our students be denied the benefits of these competitive grant programs?'' said Nancy Broff, the CCA's general counsel. Community colleges say they are at a competitive disadvantage. They point to the huge marketing and lobbying budgets of the for-profits (Boehner received more than $102,000 from for-profit colleges in 2003-04, according to a database compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education). And, they say, if for-profit colleges want to expand their programs, they should turn not to taxpayers but to their shareholders. The parent company of the University of Phoenix alone earned $278 million last year. ``We are the institutions that serve the disadvantaged, the first generation immigrants, the minorities, the refugees, and we really need those funds,'' said Priscilla Bell, president of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., and a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the group meeting here. ``I frankly don't want to see those funds diluted by expanding the field to for-profit institutions.''
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One thing both sides agree on: The change would represent a turning point in higher education policy. ``Symbolically, it's a recognition that we're not the stepchild any more, that we are an equal participant in the overall higher education universe in this country,'' the CCA's Broff said. This appeared on page 17 of the Journal Gazette (from Mattoon, Illinois) and was written by Justin Pope. The date of publication is April 8, 2005. Will free college offer catch fire? NY details raise doubts ALBANY, N.Y. >> Will New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states? That's the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential campaigns. And that's the prediction of its main champion, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the plan a "model for the nation." But even as higher education experts applaud the concept of free tuition, they question finer points of New York's plan and whether it's a model that should be replicated elsewhere. New York's plan would cover in-state public college tuition for full-time students whose families earn $125,000 or less, a benefit that could extend to 32,000 students a year. Some experts are concerned the plan would actually do little to help the neediest students, whose tuition is already covered by other aid.
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