Harkin bill: No aid for ‘worthless’ degrees

Sen. Tom Harkin’s Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act, introduced last week, would cut off federal college aid to unaccredited programs at for-profit colleges that don’t qualify graduates to take licensing exams for jobs in their fields of study.

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  1. Take it a step further; no aid for worthless degrees from any institution. XXX-aggrieved-victim studies spring to mind, also anthropology, religious studies, art history etc., for which there is esentially no job market and therefore little liklihood of grads being able to pay back loans. Students should fund such majors without taxpayer support. In addition, I’ve never been convinced that art, music, dance etc belong in a university, as opposed to a conservatory or art school. I’m guessing their presence has to do with the necessity of a college degree (and ed courses) for teaching in the public school system. The three top music teachers from my childhood went to the Peabody Conservatory in Boston, Julliard and a top conservatory in Germany or Austria (I forget the name, but it was pre-WWII).

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    Sen. Tom Harkin’s Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act

    If it closes half the country’s law schools, I’m barkin’ for Harkin.

  3. Charles R. Williams says:

    They should cut off funding for worthless degrees from accredited non-profit schools as well.

  4. Stacy in NJ says:

    Is this the same Harkin who lied about serving in Vietnam?

    Classy guy.

  5. It will never pass, the for-profits own too many of the politicians.