Marco Rubio wants to expand for-profit schools' role in higher education

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The proposal gets a thumbs-up from Amy Laitinen, who handles higher education issues at New America, a Washington think tank. 

Current accreditation rules rely on irrelevant yardsticks such as the number of books in a university library and the percentage of faculty holding Ph.D.s, said Laitinen, a former higher-education policy adviser in the Obama administration. Those metrics “have nothing to do with whether or not students are learning anything and whether or not they’re getting a good value on their education,” she said.

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Amy Laitinen is director for higher education with the Education Policy program at New America. She previously served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House.