September 7, 2021

NPR Report Highlights Wall Street Journal Role in Smear on Obama Official

A report out today from NPR highlights the pernicious role that the Wall Street Journal has played in spreading false attacks and innuendoes, invented by the for-profit college industry, on former Obama Department of Education official Robert Shireman. The new article, by David Folkenflik, NPR’s media reporter, details misleading aspects of Wall Street Journal reports
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August 27, 2021

Shuttered CEHE College Chain Gets Mixed Appeals Verdict

A panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld part, but also reversed part, of a trial judge’s $3 million verdict against the predatory college operation Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), its now-shuttered schools, and its principal executives, Carl Barney and Eric Juhlin. The panel ordered a new trial on claims that
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August 10, 2021

Will Arkansas Become the Latest State U. To Acquire a Predatory College?

The University of Arkansas System board of trustees is meeting Wednesday morning to consider acquiring for-profit Grantham University. The university announced it plans to pay $1 to buy Lenexa, Kansas-based Grantham, an online school with some 4000 students. The Level Playing Field Corp. owns Grantham. UA System President Donald Bobbitt is calling the potential deal
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August 9, 2021

Accreditor SACS Must Explain Its Tolerance of Abuses At Keiser Universities

In a separate post today, I discuss how the Department of Education is at a crossroads in its oversight of accrediting agencies, the private bodies that serve as reviewers of college quality and integrity and gatekeepers for eligibility for federal student grants and loans. Below, in response to a request for public comment related to the
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August 9, 2021

Education Department Hearing Exposes Divisions on Higher Ed Abuses

1. Collegial higher ed and its consequences When I first got involved with higher education issues, about ten years ago, I observed a remarkable division: Congressional investigations and numerous media reports were highlighting blatant deceptions and abuses of students by numerous for-profit colleges. Yet in the rooms where higher education officials gathered — at Department
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July 27, 2021

Education Dynamics Falsely Peddles For-Profit Colleges As Non-Profit

You can learn a lot just by googling. Yesterday, I searched Google for “nonprofit colleges,” and the top response was the ad shown above, promising “Flexible Degree Programs Offered by Non For Profit Online Colleges.” I clicked on the link, and it sent me to this site called “findcolleges” or “findtopcolleges.” As indicated in the
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July 26, 2021

Independence U. Lays Off Staff, Says Feds Stopped Aid

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, operator of Independence University, has informed its staff that “most” employees will be laid off in the next few months. By messages sent on July 20, CEHE’s interim CEO Paul Gardner told staff that the U.S. Department of Education has placed the school on Heightened Cash Monitoring 2,
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July 18, 2021

Get the COVID Vaccine Already

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