April 2, 2024

Under Fire for UAGC Deal, University of Arizona President Stepping Down

University of Arizona president Robert Robbins announced today that he is stepping down, as criticism has mounted, including from Arizona governor Katie Hobbs, over his handling of the acquisition of for-profit Ashford University, which had a long record of deceiving lower-income students, and over U of A’s related financial turmoil. “I informed the regents this
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March 28, 2024

Walden U Will Pay $28.5 Million to Settle Claims It Deceived Black and Female Students

For-profit Walden University has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the school used false advertising aimed at Black and female students. Walden also agreed to make significant changes in its programs and disclosures to students. The settlement had been flagged in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last
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March 28, 2024

Idaho Senate Rejects Bill to Salvage U of Phoenix Deal (As UAGC Facts Get Uglier)

The Idaho Senate yesterday rejected legislation aimed at fixing legal problems with the deal for the University of Idaho to acquire the giant for-profit University of Phoenix. By a vote of 14-19, senators voted down Senate Bill 1450, which sought to convert Four Three Education, a non-profit created by the state Board of Education for
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March 20, 2024

Check Out These Oil Executives Literally Destroying Our World and Not Giving a Shit

The Guardian reports this morning that top executives of major oil and gas companies, gathered this week at an industry conference in Houston, are scoffing at efforts to rapidly transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, despite the clear scientific evidence that a failure to reduce greenhouse gases soon will create chaos for our climate
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March 18, 2024

Congress Should Reject Bill To Let Private Groups Control Access To U.S. Laws

Last summer, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY), the committee’s ranking Democrat, offered at a committee meeting legislation called the PRO Codes Act, as part of a package of three bills they declared to be common sense bipartisan measures. But after the committee adopted the other
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March 18, 2024

U of Idaho President Pressed Alumni Group To Hire Lobbyist for Phoenix Deal

At the urging of University of Idaho president C. Scott Green, the school’s alumni association recently hired a lobbyist whose duties have included trying to persuade state legislators not to thwart Green’s plan for his school to acquire the for-profit giant University of Phoenix. The proposed deal to spend $685 million to buy Phoenix, a
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March 14, 2024

Former Administrators of University of Antelope Valley, a For-Profit, Allege Financial Aid Fraud

Kevin Hoover uncovered problems soon after taking a job as the University of Antelope Valley’s executive financial aid director. He arrived at the California for-profit institution in December 2022, but said in an interview that he discovered misconduct had been occurring for a few years.  Students routinely did not receive federal financial aid refunds to
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March 7, 2024

Is the FTC Investigating U of Phoenix Again? Idahoans Deserve An Answer.

The University of Idaho’s proposed $685 million deal to buy the for-profit University of Phoenix is becoming increasingly controversial in the state of Idaho.  It could get even more controversial if it turns out, as might well be the case, that the University of Phoenix, which has a long history of predatory practices and resulting
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