February 18, 2016

Students Testify: For-Profit Colleges Stole Our Futures

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After six years of engagement on the issue of America’s predatory for-profit colleges, I feel I’ve seen it all — every kind of account of students deceived and abused by cynical college operators who have taken billions in federal student aid money, of slick industry lobbyists using campaign cash to avoid accountability measures, of government
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February 17, 2016

Dept. of Education Takes on the University of Nowheresville

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Last week, Secretary of Education John King and Undersecretary Ted Mitchell announced the creation of a new enforcement division, headed by an experienced Federal Trade Commission lawyer, to crack down on deceptive practices by colleges, particularly in the abusive for-profit college sector. It was one of those days when it looked like the Department, long
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February 12, 2016

A New U. of Phoenix? Or Just New TV Ads?

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On Monday, the University of Phoenix’s owner, Apollo Education Group, announced a $1.1 billion deal to be acquired by a group of investors including Apollo Global Management (no relation) and the Vistria Group, a private equity firm that includes Tony Miller, who was Deputy Secretary of Education under President Obama from 2009-2013. Miller would become Chairman of the Apollo Education
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February 11, 2016

Senators: Education Dept Should Cut Off Aid To Colleges That Deny Students Their Day in Court

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Today, nine Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), called on the U.S. Department of Education to cut off federal student aid to colleges and universities that bar their students from going to court to pursue claims against their schools. Addressing the same issue, some of the negotiators participating in the Department’s
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February 10, 2016

Supreme Court Block on Climate Change Rule Is Unprecedented

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Apparently for the first time ever, the U.S. Supreme Court last night, by a 5-4 vote, blocked a federal regulation from taking effect while that rule was still up for review in a federal appeals court. The unprecedented maneuver by the Court’s five-Justice conservative majority stays implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. That
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February 9, 2016

Who Owns the Colleges The Obama Administration Just Shut Down?

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Last week the U.S. Department of Education took the rare step of cutting off federal student aid to two for-profit college chains, each accused of deceiving the Department and their own students. The allegations against the schools, while similar to abuses exposed at other schools in the past, are startling. But what’s also interesting is
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February 9, 2016

Education Dept. Sent Corinthian Students to Westwood. Now Westwood Is Closing …

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Last spring, when for-profit Corinthian Colleges abruptly shut down under the weight of allegations of deceptive acts, Corinthian students had a choice under U.S. Department of Education rules: transfer to another school, or receive a “closed school discharge,” which would free them from the obligation of repaying the student loans they had incurred at the
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February 8, 2016

University of Phoenix: New Boss, Same as Old?

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Today, the University of Phoenix’s owner, Apollo Education Group, announced a $1.1 billion deal to be acquired by a consortium of investors including Apollo Global Management (no relation) and the Vistria Group, a private equity firm that includes Tony Miller, who was Deputy Secretary of Education under President Obama from 2009-2013. Miller would become Chairman of the Apollo
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