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Scrutiny again for for-profit colleges

As the Education Department gathers a panel to rewrite controversial for-profit college regulations, the motto might as well be “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” The quest to regulate those colleges defined most of President Barack Obama’s first term and continues into his second — although the last attempt at a crackdown in 2011 ended with a rule later thrown out in court. The department remains determined to hold for-profits accountable for their graduates’ debt burdens and ability to repay them.

And the colleges are equally committed to fighting a process they say unfairly singled them out.