October 5, 2023

Grand Canyon U Says Feds Are Targeting It “Unjustly”

Giant career college Grand Canyon University, which boasts a student enrollment of 118,000 and receives more taxpayer-funded federal student aid than any other for-profit college in the country, has issued a lengthy press release charging that government officials “are coordinating efforts to unjustly target” the school. GCU asserts that officials at the U.S. Department of
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October 4, 2023

Perdoceo Chairman In Legal Dispute Over Daughter-in-Law’s Death

The executive chairman of Perdoceo, one of the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded for-profit college operations, has been sued by the parents of his daughter-in-law, two years after she was found dead from what authorities ruled a suicide. On August 8, Traci Phillips and Troy Pehrson, the parents of Tiffani Nelson, filed a civil complaint in District
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September 29, 2023

Dozens of Top Ex-Trump Aides Have Condemned Him. Biden? None.

Dozens of senior officials who served under Donald Trump during his presidency have since sharply criticized Trump for his conduct while in office. I’m not aware of any senior official who has served in the presidential administration of Joe Biden who has condemned him. UPDATE: A few days after we posted our article, “Dozens of
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September 27, 2023

New Gainful Employment Rule Is the Least We Can Do For Our Students

The U.S. Department of Education today issued a final “gainful employment” rule, aimed at ensuring that students who attend for-profit and career colleges get lasting value for their time and hard-earned money, and U.S. taxpayers get a real return on their own investment in student aid. On a call with reporters late today announcing the
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September 23, 2023

The Art Institutes, Long-Time Career College Operation, Dead at 103

The Art Institutes, a long-operating career college chain that developed a strong commitment to teaching but later devolved through a series of troublingly opportunistic owners into what the Justice Department called “a diploma mill,” says it has shut down for good.  The school’s website says that effective September 30, the Art Institutes’ remaining eight campuses
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September 20, 2023

New Debt Relief for Scammed U of Phoenix Students Heightens Peril of Idaho Deal

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will provide $37 million in student debt cancellation for some 1,200 former students who contend they were scammed by the University of Phoenix, which has long been the largest for-profit college and has received tens of billions in taxpayer funding. “The University of Phoenix brazenly deceived
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September 14, 2023

Florida Career College’s Owner Faces More Scrutiny from Feds, California, Accreditor

International Education Corporation (IEC), currently fighting a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to cut off student aid to its school Florida Career College (FCC), is now facing additional scrutiny not only from the Department, but also from California’s attorney general and from accreditor ACCSC, which oversees ten campuses of two other IEC-owned schools,
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September 13, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Affirms The Right to Publish The Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday issued a critical decision in a lawsuit I’ve been working on ever since the non-profit group Public Resource, where I serve as of counsel, was sued in August 2013. Here’s a release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that explains what happened: SAN
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