March 14, 2023

For-Profit College Operators Will Pay $28 Million After Students Were Locked Out

Education Corporation of America (ECA), a collapsed for-profit college operation that once ran several chains of career schools spread across 70 campuses, has agreed to pay $28 million to settle claims that it shut down its campuses abruptly, without a teach-out plan that would give students fair opportunities to continue their studies elsewhere. The case
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March 11, 2023

College Owner Keiser Falsely Says His Schools Have a Clean Record

Arthur Keiser, billionaire operator of three Florida-based career college chains, asserts in an article published this week, “There’s no evidence of misconduct” at his schools. That claim, by one of the most powerful figures in the for-profit college industry, is demonstrably false. In reality, there is extensive evidence of misconduct at schools owned or operated
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March 2, 2023

Highlights and Lowlights at the Education Department NACIQI Meeting

  This week the U.S. Department of Education held its semi-annual meeting of NACIQI, the Department’s outside advisory committee of higher education experts charged with reviewing the performance of the private accrediting agencies that oversee quality at colleges and universities. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to observe the entire meeting, but here is some
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February 27, 2023

Education Department Should Penalize Accreditor HLC For Tolerating Predatory Colleges

Tomorrow I’m scheduled to present brief comments (3 minutes max allowed) at a meeting of NACIQI, the U.S. Department of Education’s advisory committee charged with reviewing the performance of the private accrediting agencies that oversee quality at colleges and universities. Here’s what I plan to say: Many students say a school’s status as accredited, and
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February 3, 2023

Department of Education Hits Accreditor On Ashford/UAGC Oversight

In recent years, when given an opportunity to provide brief comments at meetings of the U.S. Department of Education’s outside advisory committee overseeing college accreditors, NACIQI, I have repeatedly argued that the Department, as part of evaluating accreditors, should be taking notice of any schools under a given accreditor that have been exposed for engaging
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January 26, 2023

For-Profit College Owners Charged for Selling Fake Nursing Diplomas

Federal prosecutors in Miami announced Wednesday that they had charged 25 people — including the owners of South Florida for-profit colleges — with selling fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts to people seeking licenses and jobs as nurses. Collectively, the defendants charged in federal documents facilitated the distribution of more than 7,600 fake nursing diplomas
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January 25, 2023

University of Arkansas in Talks To Buy Troubled For-Profit University of Phoenix

The Arkansas Times revealed Tuesday that a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Arkansas System has been in talks about acquiring the University of Phoenix, long one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges, from that school’s current private equity owners. A spokesman for the University of Arkansas System acknowledged to the news outlet that
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January 17, 2023

University of Phoenix Seems to Break Pledge to Avoid Misleading Ads

The University of Phoenix has been running a national advertising campaign that suggests to prospective students that the school is a public, state-operated institution, when in fact is a private, for-profit operation.  The ads, therefore, seem to violate a 2019 settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in which the school’s owners agreed that their
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