Robert Shireman, in an [*Inside Higher Ed* commentary](

> [M]any colleges pay a share of every tuition dollar to online program management companies that recruit students, among other responsibilities. It would seem to present a pretty clear violation of the ban that Congress enacted and which remains, supposedly, the law of the land. The prohibited arrangements continue, however, because companies with connections asked officials at the U.S. Department of Education -- including me, when I was there -- to paper over the law.