July 26, 2016
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Industry’s Top Lobbyist: Stop “Assaults” On For-Profit Colleges

Steve Gunderson, the former congressman (R-WI) who is the chief lobbyist for America’s for-profit colleges, warns in a new email, “There has never been a time when the economic, regulatory and political assaults on our sector have been stronger.” Gunderson, since 2012 the CEO of the discredited, depleted for-profit college trade group CECU (formerly APSCU), writes to for-profit college executives — CECU members and non-members alike — that what is on the line is “saving our sector!”

“Saving” Gunderson’s sector might have been better accomplished by him pressing his members to accept reasonable reforms to reduce fraud by …

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July 18, 2016
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For-Profit Colleges Use Distortions to Enlist Students to Oppose Obama Rules

Steve Gunderson, the former congressman (R-WI), who heads the discredited, depleted for-profit college trade group CECU (formerly APSCU), is working hard to defeat a new Obama Administration rule that would (1) provide debt relief for students who were defrauded by their schools and (2) take steps to hold fraudulent schools accountable.  In addition to efforts to buy spokespersons and scare non-profit and public colleges into opposing the rule, CECU now aims to get for-profit colleges to enlist their students as lobbyists in the effort — a tack the industry has …

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July 13, 2016
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ITT Tech: We’ll Change Our Recruiting Strategy To Raise Revenues (?)

Troubled predatory for-profit college ITT Tech said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last night that in order to raise enough money to cover a new letter of credit requirement imposed by the U.S. Department of Education, “the Company expects to implement certain modifications to its historical marketing and recruitment strategy.” ITT added that the “specific details of the modifications are being finalized, and are expected to be reported by the Company in future filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other public disclosures as appropriate.”

As documented in government investigations, government and …

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July 12, 2016
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Bob Dole Lobbies for For-Profit College Facing Fraud Probes

Twenty years ago this summer, he stood on a San Diego stage and accepted the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States. Last week, Bob Dole, now a retired U.S. senator from Kansas and an endorser of Donald Trump for president, registered as a lobbyist for Bridgepoint Education, a for-profit college company that has been under investigation for fraud and other abuses by four federal agencies and five state attorneys general.

On July 8, Dole and his law firm, Alston & Bird LLP, registered to lobby for Bridgepoint, which has some 50,000 students at its Ashford …

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July 6, 2016
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Ex-New York Times Reporter Now Lobbying to Block Student Debt Relief

For-profit colleges are once again fighting furiously, and expensively, to gut a common sense regulation from the Obama Department of Education. The Hill today is calling this latest lobbying battle a “frenzy.”

The Obama rule spurring this frenzy would:

1. Implement a law already on the books by providing standards and procedures for the government to forgive the federal loans of students who were defrauded by their schools.

2. Require schools that behave irresponsibly to post financial letters of credit so money will be available to pay claims in case the school melts down.

3. Allow students who believe they were defrauded or abused to …

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June 30, 2016
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College Staffed by ex-Trump University Executives Tells Employees to Avoid the Media

Tampa-based college Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), whose co-CEO was the chief operating officer of controversial Trump University, has emailed its employees regarding an article that Republic Report published earlier this week. UMA CEO Steven Kemler wrote to his staff (see images below) that Republic Report‘s article “presented an unbalanced perspective about UMA” and directed all employees to “please refer any media or other external inquiries” to an email address for a company spokesperson.

As we reported on Monday, Ultimate Medical Academy’s co-CEO, David Highbloom, was the chief operating officer of Trump University, while April Neumann, UMA’s vice president for corporate alliance & …

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June 27, 2016
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Ex-Trump University Executives Run College That Gets $150 Million from Taxpayers

Two former high-ranking executives of Trump University are now two of the top executives at a Florida-based career college, Ultimate Medical Academy, that has 13,000 students enrolled, has been receiving more than $150 million annually in federal student aid, and is accredited by the imperiled agency ACICS. The school, previously a for-profit institution tied to a New York-based investment company, last year was acquired by a Denver-based tax-exempt non-profit organization that had little activity prior to the merger.

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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has faced scrutiny for his unlicensed real estate “university,” which has been sued …

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June 24, 2016
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For A Day, Broke Students Win

In a world of mass shootings, Brexit, and a looming dramatic presidential election, the deliberations of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), in a nondescript meeting room at the DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, VA,  would hardly seem to matter.

But, yesterday, it did matter. By the scheduled 8:30 am start time, the room was hot and packed, with seemingly more people, at least, than at any 2016 Jeb Bush event. At stake were billions of dollars that for-profit colleges want to keep getting, the integrity of federal aid programs, and the futures of countless …

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