September 28, 2020

Those Troubling For-Profit College Emails: Read Them Here

Last week, US News reported on a pair of emails that Steve Gunderson, the CEO of the for-profit colleges’ trade association, CECU, sent to his members.   In one, Gunderson, a former Republican congressman, makes blatant the organization’s preference for a Donald Trump and GOP victory in 2020 — a partiality that is not surprising, given
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August 22, 2020

21 Questions for RNC Delegates Gathered in Charlotte to Nominate Trump

I’m here in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Republicans have gathered to nominate Donald J. Trump as their presidential candidate for 2020, and where Trump is scheduled to appear Monday.  If you happen to encounter any of the GOP delegates in Charlotte, maybe during their brewery tour, live jazz outing, or golf event, here are a
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August 6, 2020

Inside Arthur Keiser’s College Empire: Troubling Evidence

A close look into Arthur Keiser’s college operations, based on accounts by former school officials and employees, raises new questions about predatory recruiting, conflicts of interest, executive misconduct, and the validity of the non-profit status of his schools. Southeastern College is a Florida-based for-profit career school offering programs in health care, information technology, and business.
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August 5, 2020

Questions About the University of Arizona-Zovio Deal

University of Arizona faculty and others are already asking tough questions about the deal, announced Monday to the campus community via a 3:00 am email, for the school to acquire Ashford University from the for-profit education company Zovio. Professors are asking why many of the faculty were not consulted or even notified in advance about the
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August 4, 2020

What We Face in America Today

Normally I don’t share my concerns this way. It’s not to be alarmist. It’s to say we have to fight back every day against all these things to save our country. 1. Deadly pandemic that Trump and Trump supporters keep spreading with their vile behavior.2. Trump and Barr planning to suppress votes, manipulate Post Office,
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August 3, 2020

Do Arizona Taxpayers Want to Buy This For-Profit College?

For-profit company Zovio has just announced it is selling Ashford University to public University of Arizona for $1, but Zovio gets a lucrative 15-year contract to “service” the school. The arrangement looks eerily similar to the dubious deal where Indiana state university Purdue bought for-profit Kaplan, which had a record of abusing students, to create
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July 31, 2020

For-Profit College Group Warns Members They Are Being Targeted By High-Pressure Scam

Last week, the for-profit college lobby group CECU sent a message to its members entitled, “EMAIL SCAM ALERT.” It warns, “It has come to our attention that there is an email scam going around impersonating CECU and some members of the Board of Directors. If you have received an email requesting ‘gift cards for donation
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July 29, 2020

Win For Students, Loss for DeVos Department, on College Accreditor Fight

The U.S. Department of Education’s outside advisory committee, NACIQI, dominated by Republicans, voted 9-2 late this afternoon to reject the Department’s sham proposal, pushed by political appointees of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, to punish the accrediting agency Higher Learning Commission. DeVos aides are seeking to penalize HLC over its 2017 decision to suspend accreditation
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