[caption id="attachment_48453" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Critics charge that for-profit schools are accepting unqualified students. "]Critics charge that for-profit schools are accepting unqualified students. [/caption]

In a move that might trickle down to the rest of the for-profit education market, the University of Phoenix—the nation’s largest provider of online college classes—says it will offer new students a free, three-week trial program to see if they are ready for its curricula and for online instruction in an effort to weed out those at risk of leaving school before earning a degree.

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