The Washington Post looks into one of the dirty little secrets about the higher education industry: its intense political lobbying.

The more-established schools want to block legislation that would, among other things, make it easier for students to transfer academic credits to the traditional schools from the fast-growing upstarts.

…Universities are among Washington’s most active lobbyists. There are at least 50 educational organizations, as varied as the National Association of Schools of Dance and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In addition, lots of individual institutions maintain lobbying offices here, the biggest of which is the University of California, which has 12 employees in downtown D.C. Dozens of schools retain contract lobbyists.

For Discussion. Economists equate lobbying with rent-seeking, meaning trying to influence government to transfer more income to the lobbyists’ constituency. In the case of higher education, is rent-seeking the motivation for lobbying?