April 25, 2022

Biden Administration Must Act to Protect Americans From Chemical Disasters

Last week, a group of national security and environmental experts — including former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, former OSHA head David Michaels, and retired Army generals Russel Honoré and Randy Manner — wrote to Biden EPA director Michael Regan calling on the administration to issue a strong rule this year
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April 25, 2022

Bill in Congress Would Bar Americans From Reciting Our Own Laws

Last week, 14 organizations wrote to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose dangerous legislation titled the “PRO Codes Act.” The new bill provides that any “original work of authorship” that is “adopted or incorporated by reference, in full or in part, into any Federal, State, or municipal law or regulation” would have copyright
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April 8, 2022

College Head Arthur Keiser Settles Lawsuit With Mother, Who Claimed Fraud and Theft

Arthur Keiser, the politically powerful operator of several chains of career colleges in Florida and the Southeast, has settled a lawsuit brought against him by his 98-year-old mother, Evelyn Keiser, in which she charged him with fraud and theft, alleging that her son cheated her out of income generated by businesses they have owned together.
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April 1, 2022

Scam Over? Zovio/UAGC In Tailspin

Ashford University and its parent entity Zovio comprise a for-profit education operation that the chairman of a Senate committee branded “an absolute scam” during a 2011 investigative hearing highlighting the company’s deceptive advertising, predatory recruiting, high prices, and weak educational offerings.  More than a decade later, after tens of thousands more students have used billions
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March 23, 2022

Calls Mount in Congress for Federal Probe of Keiser University

Senior leaders in the U.S. Congress, including the chairs of the House Veterans Affairs, House Education and Labor, and Senate Judiciary committees, have now called on the Department of Education to investigate Florida’s Keiser University and its controversial conversion from for-profit to non-profit — a deal that has continued to enrich the school’s politically powerful
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March 21, 2022

Former For-Profit College Recruiter: Industry’s Mantra Masks Predatory Abuses

Below is a statement sent to me late last week by Aidan Peters, who worked as an admissions representative from 2016 to 2020 for Colorado Technical University (CTU), a large online school owned by Illinois-based Perdoceo, one of the biggest companies in the for-profit college industry. In recent years, Perdoceo has settled major law enforcement
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March 18, 2022

McDonald’s Steers Employees To Troubled For-Profit College

Since 2014, McDonalds and Colorado Technical University have had a partnership that involves the hamburger giant steering its employees to the online school, where they can pursue degrees in fields ranging from business to health care to information technology. The web page of McDonald’s Archways to Opportunities program announces “100% TUITION COVERED” at CTU, and
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March 9, 2022

Verdict Against Zovio Adds to Peril for Arizona Global Campus

A California court’s $22.4 million judgment last week against for-profit college operation Zovio, for years of deceptions against students at its Ashford University, creates more peril for the University of Arizona, which bought the online school from Zovio in 2020 and renamed it University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC).  Following a trial where the California
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