May 30, 2024

There Are 750 Doctoral Student Complaints To Education Dept. About Grand Canyon U.

Brian Mueller, the president of Grand Canyon University, which bills itself as a Christian school and is the largest recipient of federal aid of any institution of higher education, has engaged in an aggressive counterattack after (and even before) the U.S. Department of Education last October imposed a $37 million fine on the school f0r
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May 29, 2024

Clinging To Phoenix, U of Idaho President Spreads Cash, FOMO

University of Idaho president C. Scott Green is still trying to keep alive the dream of his school acquiring the troubled for-profit University of Phoenix, even though the proposed deal has been met with sharp disapproval from state legislators, the state’s attorney general and treasurer, and many others in Idaho. Idaho Education News reports this
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May 22, 2024

Justice Alito To Speak At Flag Day Celebration

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. will address the annual Flag Day celebration on June 14 in Benedict, New Jersey, city officials there announced today. The event, to be held at the city’s historic Darroll Hall, and I’m kidding.

May 14, 2024

Mike Pence to Speak at For-Profit College Convention. Why Exactly?

Former Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at this summer’s annual convention of CECU, the national trade association of for-profit colleges. CECU (full name, Career Education Colleges and Universities) announced Pence’s appearance in a March 22 press release. The CECU convention will be held in June in Pence’s home state of Indiana,
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May 7, 2024

Accreditors, Education Department Limit Public Access to Findings on Troubled Colleges

Accrediting agencies — the private gatekeepers charged by the U.S. Department of Education with issuing the approvals that make colleges eligible for student financial aid — sometimes send letters to schools describing violations of rules and establishing penalties. These letters, when posted online, can help the public, including students, understand devel0pments and misconduct at schools.
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May 7, 2024

Biden Debt Relief For Ripped-Off Art Institutes Students Is A Big Step. More Is Needed.

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it has approved more than $6.1 billion in automatic student loan debt cancellation for about 317,000 borrowers who attended the for-profit college chain The Art Institutes between January 2004 and October 2017.   “This institution falsified data, knowingly misled students, and cheated borrowers into taking on mountains
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May 1, 2024

Beyoncé’s Scholarships Shine Light on Troubled Cosmetology School

Early this year, Beyoncé’s public charity BEYGood announced a tantalizing opportunity for budding cosmetologists. It would fund 25 scholarships, amounting to $10,000 each, for students attending one of five cosmetology schools nationwide. The idea is a good one — cosmetology students often come from low-income backgrounds and may end up taking out thousands of dollars in
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April 26, 2024

University of Phoenix Paying $4.5 Million to Settle California Charges It Deceived Troops

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Thursday that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle allegations that the for-profit college engaged in aggressive and illegal recruitment tactics directed at military service members, in violation of California consumer protection laws and Department of Defense rules. In a press release, Bonta said
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