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July 06, 2012 4:56 PM The Newest For-profit College Lobbyist

By Daniel Luzer

Sally Stroup, the former Bush official in charge of making the U.S. Department of Education really welcoming to for-profit colleges, has a new job.

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Ms. Stroup is a former U.S. assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the George W. Bush administration, a veteran Republican staff member for Congressional committees on higher education, and a former Washington lobbyist for the University of Phoenix. She will replace Brian Moran at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, who will resign later this month.
For the past three years Ms. Stroup has worked as a senior vice president of the education testing company Scantron, but the association will likely draw heavily on her Capitol Hill savvy over the next couple of years as Congress debates a major review of the laws governing federal student aid and other higher-education policies. Under its new president, Steve Gunderson, a former Congressman, the association has made it clear it intends to be an active player in those debates.

As the Chronicle notes, this is an interesting change for the APSCU. Moran and the former ASSCU head, Harris Miller, are Democrats. Stroup and Gunderson are Republicans.

The for-profit colleges are a curiously bipartisan bunch, though in recent years they’ve developed stronger Republican alliances. This makes some degree of sense, given changes in the political breakdown of Congress. While the America’s proprietary colleges have many Democratic allies, virtually all of their major critics are also Democrats.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer