Letter: Beem's college column takes cheap shot

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It seems to me that for-profit colleges have helped all of us. First of all, they meet a need for continuing education and earning degrees later in life that was ignored by most traditional colleges.

They have been the trailblazers for the online courses and distance learning programs that traditional colleges are just now discovering.

They help people move beyond the obsolete, biased SAT and ACT testing systems. In short, they treat experienced adults like experienced adults.

They also concentrate on degree programs that help people get better jobs. And lastly, being for-profit, these colleges pay taxes – and ironically support the antiquated higher education systems they run circles around.

But perhaps, as usual, Edgar Allen Beem doesn’t care about the facts one way or another. He just saw his column as a chance to take a cheap shot at Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe because her Republican husband has been successful.

Carl M. ter Weele