July 21, 2022

Accreditor SACS Fails to Stop Abuses at Keiser University

I’m offering a comment at today’s session of the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a board of outside experts charged with evaluating the private accreditation agencies that, in turn, oversee the quality of colleges and serve as gatekeepers for colleges’ eligibility for federal student grants and loans. My
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July 14, 2022

Keiser University, Lincoln Tech Oppose Debt Relief for Broke, Scammed Students

Three career college chains with troubling records have become the first institutions to object to a landmark court settlement that would provide some $6 billion in debt relief for about 264,000 former students who claim they were deceived by their schools. Keiser University (through its parent organization Everglades College), and, jointly, Lincoln Educational Services and
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June 30, 2022

For-Profit College Barons “Are Laughing” At Their Fortune Under Biden

It took the Obama administration just a few months after taking office in 2009 to start looking into the looming scandal of for-profit higher education: Businesses, of both the strip mall and the Wall Street variety, were using deceptive and predatory practices to lure veterans and low-income students into poor quality college programs, in order
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June 10, 2022

New Legal Filing Underscores DeVos Hostility to Debt Relief for Scammed Students

It’s good to know that Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, joined the small minority of Republicans who opposed Trump’s conspiracy to overthrow the United States government. But when it comes to her views on education, including the appalling abuses of veterans, single mothers, and other students by for-profit colleges, DeVos is no hero.  If
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June 8, 2022

The 17 Questions The Education Dept. Asked A University President Before He Resigned

On May 19, Michael Frola, a career official of the U.S. Department of Education, sent a letter to the president of the University of Phoenix, which, with a total enrollment of some 90,000 students, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the United States. In the letter, first reported on last Friday and
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June 1, 2022

With Debt Relief for Corinthian Students Finally Here, Time to Stop Funding Predatory Colleges

The Hill has reported this afternoon that the Biden Administration, at an event tomorrow featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, will announce widespread debt relief for former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015 following revelations of blatant deceptive practices. [UPDATE 06-01-22 6:45 pm: The U.S. Department of Education just released a statement announcing
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May 2, 2022

Florida Colleges Are Nation’s Worst on Nursing Exam Pass Rate

While Florida governor Ron DeSantis promotes himself as a champion of education and economic opportunity, his state is lagging far behind every other state on a key measure of educational quality, social mobility, and public health standards: whether people who complete nursing school can then pass the NCLEX nurse licensing exam. In the first quarter
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April 26, 2022

Debt Relief for Defrauded Students Is Long Overdue – And So Is Accountability for Kaplan

Lawyers representing former students of Kaplan Career Institute in Massachusetts have sued the U.S. Department of Education, alleging an unlawful and unconscionable failure of the Department to cancel the students’ federal loans — seven years after the Massachusetts attorney general settled with the school over charges that it deceived and defrauded students. The year after
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