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Romney plugs for-profit colleges, whose leaders bolster his run

With for-profit colleges under siege in Washington over accusations, Mitt Romney’s full-throttled endorsement for Full Sail puts him squarely in the middle of a political debate. With for-profit colleges under siege in Washington over accusations, Mitt Romney’s full-throttled endorsement for Full Sail puts him squarely in the middle of a political debate. (Chip Litherland/New York Times)
By Eric Lichtblau
New York Times / January 15, 2012
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At a town-hall-style meeting in New Hampshire last month, listeners pressed Mitt Romney on the soaring cost of higher education. His solution: Students should consider for-profit colleges like the little-known Full Sail University in Florida. Romney did not mention the cost of tuition at Full Sail, which runs more than $80,000, for example, for a 21-month program in “video game art.’’ Nor did he mention its spotty graduation rate. Or, for that matter, that its chief executive, Bill Heavener, is a major campaign donor.

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