May 26, 2023

Florida Career College Suggests Education Dept. Might Reverse Aid Cutoff

At a public hearing Thursday in Orlando, Florida, executives of troubled for-profit Florida Career College (FCC) suggested that U.S. Department of Education officials might be amenable to finding an alternative to their recent decision to cut off federal student grants and loans to the school. The Department announced on April 11 that it was terminating
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May 23, 2023

With ACICS Closing Soon, What’s Going On With Its Remaining Schools?

Last August, the U.S. Department of Education terminated the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a recognized accrediting agency, in the wake of powerful evidence that ACICS had allowed a number of schools under its watch to engage in deceptive and predatory practices without facing serious consequences. The Department’s action reprised a
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May 17, 2023

Rebuffed in Arkansas, University of Phoenix Now Plans to Sell Itself to University of Idaho

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees last month voted its disapproval of a plan by the institution’s president to acquire the troubled for-profit giant University of Phoenix, with several trustees expressing concerns, including about the structure of the deal, and one trustee declaring that Phoenix “has a terrible reputation.” Two weeks ago, six
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May 15, 2023

Collapsed Career College Chain CEHE Loses at Colorado Supreme Court

The demised career college operation Center for Excellence in Higher Education, which ran Independence University and other schools, lost on nearly every issue today in a decision issued by the Colorado Supreme Court. The state high court unanimously rebuffed CEHE’s demand for a new trial of a case brought by the Colorado attorney general. In
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May 3, 2023

Durbin, Warren Say U. of Phoenix Violates Deal With FTC Not to Deceive Students

Six U.S. senators, including Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), wrote today to the secretaries of education, defense, and veterans affairs urging them to examine the largest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix, and its participation in federal student aid programs. The senators cited a report on this website describing a University of Phoenix
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April 27, 2023

Data Shows U.S. Aid to Perdoceo Schools Hurts Students and Taxpayers

New data released by the U.S. Department of Education show that the two schools operated by for-profit Perdoceo Education Corp. — American Intercontinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU), both entirely online — continue to deliver poor results for students, with low graduation rates and graduate incomes and high levels of student debt. Coming
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April 24, 2023

Arkansas Trustees Reject University of Phoenix Purchase

This afternoon, at the end of a 40 minute Zoom meeting, the board of trustees of the University of Arkansas System voted 5-4 to reject a resolution that would have endorsed a plan by the System president, Donald Bobbitt, to have a non-profit organization associated with the school purchase the for-profit University of Phoenix. Bobbitt
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April 23, 2023

U of Arkansas-U of Phoenix Deal Is Built on a House of Cards

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is meeting Monday to vote on a proposed deal under which a non-profit entity associated with the system would acquire the for-profit University of Phoenix. Skip Rutherford, the former Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, said Sunday that this hotly-contested decision shouldn’t
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