September 15, 2014
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Bill Maher, John Oliver Slam Predatory For-Profit Colleges

In a single week, two of America’s best comedic truth-tellers — John Oliver and Bill Maher — hit hard against the predatory for-profit colleges that rip off taxpayers and ruin students’ lives.

On his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver attacked these profit-making colleges for their sky-high prices, meager spending on instruction, and deceptive and coercive recruiting tactics, including the enrollment of soldiers who had brain injuries and couldn’t even name the courses they’d signed up for. Oliver added, “I will say this for for-profit colleges: They’ve just given us all a first-class education in the depths of human depravity.” Oliver noted that …

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September 10, 2014
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APSCU, Chamber Sought to Stack Rulemaking Panel With Execs From Troubled For-Profit Colleges

The main lobbying group for America’s for-profit colleges, APSCU, proposed last year to stock the Department of Education’s 28-member negotiated rule-making panel on the crucial “gainful employment” rule with 11 nominees, nine of whom were executives at APSCU-member for-profit college companies, including multiple companies now under investigation by law enforcement. Correspondence obtained from the education department by Republic Report under the Freedom of Information Act shows that APSCU CEO Steve Gunderson, in a 12-page letter dated July 12, 2013, denounced the regulatory process and demanded that the Department halt it, but nevertheless proposed a slate of nominees for the panel, including executives …

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September 3, 2014
Many for-profit colleges get about 90 percent of their revenue from federal financial aid. For-profit schools have 13% of U.S. students by nearly half of all student loan defaults.

“Back to the Future” for career colleges: What we have to do to regain credibility

In this guest post, Raul Valdes Pages addresses his colleagues in the for-profit college industry. Raul Valdes Pages was the founder and CEO of Denver Technical College, a for-profit school offering associate, bachelor and master’s programs. He also has served as CEO of Sextant Education and marketing manager and vice president at DeVry. He is currently CEO of Quantum Integrations, a publishing and competency-based curriculum company. He has been a commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and testified in Congress regarding skills standards legislation. You can contact him at [email protected]

Our colleges have taken a pounding in the …

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August 29, 2014
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Charles Koch Personally Founded Group Protecting Oil Industry Hand-Outs, Documents Reveal

‘Lifestyles of the Rich Environmentalists,’ produced by a group called the Institute for Energy Research, is a slick web video campaign designed to lampoon Leonardo Dicaprio and will.i.am as hypocrites for supporting action on climate change. The claim is that wealthy celebrities who oppose industrial-scale pollution supposedly shouldn’t fly in airplanes that use fossil fuels. The group, along with its subsidiary, the American Energy Alliance, churns out a steady stream of related content, from Facebook memes criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency, to commercials demanding approval of new oil projects like the Keystone XL, …

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August 28, 2014
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Obama: We’ll Protect You Against Predatory Colleges. Students: Please Do

Speaking at the American Legion convention in Charlotte Tuesday, President Obama pledged, “For veterans going back to school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we’ll keep standing up against dishonest recruiting and predatory practices that target and prey on you and your families.”  The President has made clear that he understands the scam perpetrated by many for-profit colleges against our vets, against single mothers, against working-class young people of color – deceptive recruiting, high prices, poor quality, weak job placement.

Yet the big for-profit college companies keep spending millions to lobby aggressively against a proposed federal rule, called gainful …

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August 26, 2014
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What college was Michael Brown about to attend?

Had Michael Brown not have been shot to death by a police officer, he might have had his financial future ruined by the college he was about to attend. It has been widely reported that Brown had enrolled at for-profit Vatterott College, although the school has declined to confirm that information. Vatterott, whose investors include Mitt Romney, has a history of deceiving and abusing students.

Brown reportedly told friends he was excited to attend Vatterott, where he wanted to train to be an air conditioning technician.  But while some for-profit schools do well at preparing students for careers, many others …

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August 26, 2014
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Dept. of Education letter: Corinthian misled students and overseers about job placement

Republic Report has obtained a toughly-worded 17-page letter sent on Friday from the U.S. Department of Education to collapsing for-profit Corinthian Colleges, with the government charging that Corinthian’s Everest Institute misrepresented job placement statistics at its Decatur, Georgia, campus to the school’s accrediting agency and to students.  The Corinthian school did so, according to the Department’s August 22 letter and supporting attachment, by paying employers $2000 to hire Corinthian grads for 30 days, by counting them as placements even if employment didn’t last 30 days, by simply making up placements, and other means. The letter charges that Corinthian’s “corporate office was substantially involved …

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August 6, 2014
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Senator Vitter Report Claims Cancer Prevention, Wildlife Nonprofits Are Part of Nefarious Cabal

Louisiana Senator David Vitter made headlines with conservative websites in the last few days by releasing a report called Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.

Below the lengthy title is a report that claims breathlessly that environmental and public health foundations are part of a cabal of “a close knit network of likeminded funders, environmental activists, and government bureaucrats” responsible for spreading “bogus propaganda disguised as science and news to spread an anti-fossil energy message to the unknowing public.”

The report goes on to list groups such as the …

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