November 26, 2018

While You Were Eating: DeVos’s Holiday Embrace of Predatory Colleges

In a Thanksgiving eve disgrace, Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reinstated ACICS, the discredited college accreditor that ignored blatant abuses of students by predatory for-profit schools like ITT, Corinthian, Kaplan, the Art Institutes, and many more, thus allowing billions in taxpayer dollars to flow to scam artists over decades. The Obama Administration, after a lengthy review, ended federal recognition
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November 22, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: What the Actual FFFF Edition

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours have a beautiful day. This week, I firmly resolved in my mind, because of other urgent priorities, and in the spirit of love, to stop writing this negative feature. But also this week, OMFG. OMFG. Next week, maybe I will and maybe I won’t! That being said, since
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November 20, 2018

Scam Websites Tried to Trick Military Recruits Into Entering For-Profit Colleges

We reported in September on a Federal Trade Commission action to shut down a chain of scam websites aimed at attracting people who wanted to join the U.S. military. Sites operating at domains including Army.com, Air-Force.com, and Navyenlist.com seemed like official military portals, but their real aim was to steer visitors to high-priced, low-quality for-profit
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November 20, 2018

Accreditor Stalls Bridgepoint Education Plan To Become Non-Profit

In a filing this morning with the Securities and Exchange Commission, predatory for-profit college business Bridgepoint Education discloses that on Monday the accreditor WASC Senior College and University Commission told Bridgepoint’s Ashford University that “pending the receipt and review of additional documents, they are deferring any action on the change of control application filed by
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November 13, 2018

Trump Terrible 10: Post-Election Horrible Authoritarian Edition

Let’s start with our exclusive interview earlier today with President Donald J. Trump: Republic Report: Thank you, sir, for taking the time to answer a few questions. Trump: RR: OK, first, when it comes to what you hope to accomplish in the new Congress, are you going to be looking into just a few similar
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November 12, 2018

In Whitaker’s Wake, Will Trump Replace Mattis With Another Sycophant?

Jeff Sessions, for all his hard-line ideological views, seemed as attorney general to act with basic integrity and respect for constitutional principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the need for Justice Department investigations to be free of presidential meddling. By contrast, his acting replacement, Matthew Whitaker, appears ready to do anything to cater
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