Former Higher-Education Official Seeks Stronger Oversight of For-Profit Colleges

A former top higher-education official at the U.S. Department of Education is urging the agency to step up its oversight of for-profit colleges and become "more proactive at rooting out fraud and protecting student interests."

In a memorandum sent to student and consumer groups in advance of a meeting with leaders of the department's Office of Federal Student Aid last month, Robert M. Shireman, a former deputy under secretary of education, argued that the department is too focused on