June 27, 2013

Buzzfeed Infographic Is Devious Tool of For-Profit College Marketer

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The Internet loves infographics. So websites seeking clicks are always looking to run infographics, and marketers are always seeking to supply websites with infographics — infographics that steer people to their products. Yesterday, super-popular website Buzzfeed allowed one of its contributors to post an infographic sharply criticizing for-profit colleges — as a sector run by
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June 19, 2013

Jury Awards $13 Million To Single Mom Deceived By For-Profit College Tied to Mitt Romney

On Friday a Missouri jury awarded $13 million in punitive damages to a single mother who had been deceived by for-profit Vatterott College. Vatterott, which has a long record of abusing students and leaving them deep in debt, is owned by TA Associates, a private equity firm financially tied to Mitt Romney’s own private equity
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June 18, 2013

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior


The main trade association of for-profit colleges, APSCU, seems to exist for the purpose of protecting the worst, most abusive, most predatory conduct by its member companies. Why else would the association, once again last week, attack the U.S. Department of Education for seeking to implement a law that simply requires career colleges that receive
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June 6, 2013

For-Profit College Analyst Says “Subprime” Students Are To Blame


A Wells Fargo stock analyst, who boosts for-profit colleges while frequently overlooking their abuses, lays the blame for one particularly predatory college’s high failure rate at the feet of low-income students, or, as he calls them, “subprime” students. Summarizing a presentation by Corinthian Colleges, which has one of the worst records of serving students of
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June 4, 2013

Romney Is Selling His Transition Report Even Though It Was Funded By Taxpayers


Under a federal law enacted in 2010, taxpayers now fund efforts by presidential nominees to begin their White House transition efforts even before the election, by providing federal services and facilities to the transition operation. Mitt Romney was the first recipient of this sensible reform aimed at ensuring a stronger start for a new president.
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