Inside Higher Ed:

Two Democrats in the U.S. Senate have asked five companies that help colleges and universities manage their online academic programs for information about their contracts and relationships with the institutions.

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The letters, which went to chief executives as 2U, Academic Partnerships, Bisk Education, Pearson Education and Wiley Education Services, is the latest shot across the bow in Democratic politicians’ increasing scrutiny into the role of corporate influence in higher education, and online education in particular.

2U and the rest really are a Trojan horse for introducing profiteering to the very core of the U.S. university system.