The Huffington Post reports
that one of the nation's largest for-profit education companies is attempting to rally opposition to federal regulations proposed by the Obama administration by offering students free pizza slices. According to the report by the Huff Post's David Halperin, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, one of the schools run by Education Management Corporation (EDMC), posted on its Facebook page that students should "Stop by the library all week between 12-1 and 5-6 to sign in to SaveStudentChoice and enjoy a free slice of Pizza. Takes 5 minutes." SaveStudentChoice is a for-profit school industry-backed website aimed at opposing the Obama Administration's proposed federal regulations that would, among other requirements, condition a college's continued eligibility for federal student aid on the institution's ability to meet targets for gainful employment among its graduates. The for-profit school industry is attempting to inundate the U.S. Department of Education with complaints about the regulations before they are scheduled to take effect in late 2014.
Offering freebies to students at for-profit schools in exchange for help with lobbying or an address or phone number of someone that a school can recruit for enrollment is a practice that regularly occurs at for-profit schools, where aggressive efforts to sell programs to adults and problems with graduating students finding employment often can arise.