June 16, 2021

Gov. Whitman, Retired Generals Call on EPA to Protect Against Chemical Plant Disasters

Today, former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, retired generals Russel Honoré and Randy Manner, former EPA official Robert Bostock, and I, submitted a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to strengthen rules to make U.S. chemical plants less vulnerable to potentially catastrophic explosions and toxic releases.  Here’s what we
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June 8, 2021

Rep. Scott Demands Halt to For-Profit College Conversions to Non-Profit

Pushing forward with oversight of controversial conversions of for-profit colleges to non-profits, House Education and Labor Committee chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) has written to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, calling on the Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service to “take steps to reform their processes and halt the approval of all conversions until
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June 2, 2021

Zovio Adds Board Members As Deceptions At Arizona Global Campus Persist

Zovio, the long-time corporate operator of for-profit, online Ashford University, which has repeatedly faced law enforcement actions for deceiving and abusing low-income students, has added two members to its board of directors: John S. Wilson, the former president of Morehouse College, and Ron Huberman, the ex-superintendent of Chicago’s public schools. Zovio recently made a disturbing
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April 27, 2021

Accountability for CEHE College Chain Is Long Overdue

Late last week, as we were the first to report, college overseer ACCSC terminated the accreditation of online career college Independence University, the main school now operated by the non-profit Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), and the U.S. Department of Education suspended from federal contracting Eric Juhlin, CEHE’s CEO. These were positive developments,
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April 23, 2021

Breaking: Citing Performance Failures, Accreditor Dumps Independence University

After years of warnings, college accreditor ACCSC Thursday finally withdrew accreditation from the career college operation Center For Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), which operates Independence University and other schools. In a letter dated April 22, ACCSC informed CEHE’s CEO, Eric Juhlin, that Independence University, the only CEHE school not in the process of closing,
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April 21, 2021

Falsehood-Filled Website On For-Profit Colleges Shuts Down

Around March 31, a non-profit organization called Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE), which has regularly attacked regulators and opponents of controversial corporations, posted a website making false attacks on critics, including me, of predatory for-profit colleges. The website’s phony claims centered on a false and long-ago-debunked charge that Obama administration officials and advocates
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April 21, 2021

ScAmerica: How We Got the President Trump We Deserved

The New York Times recently had a good round-up of podcasts covering American scams, businesses built on deceiving people — a category in the U.S. that accounts for billions in annual profits, and millions of victims. I’ve been listening to these series about pyramid schemes and other cons, and they are both fascinating and disturbing.
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April 16, 2021

DeVos Seeks Emergency Order to Avoid Deposition by Defrauded Students

Seeking to avoid being questioned under oath by lawyers for defrauded for-profit college students, Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has filed an unusual emergency petition with a federal appeals court. On Thursday, DeVos’s lawyer, former top Trump administration lawyer Jesse Panuccio, now with the Ft. Lauderdale office of famed litigator David Boies’s law firm, filed
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