February 3, 2023

Department of Education Hits Accreditor On Ashford/UAGC Oversight

In recent years, when given an opportunity to provide brief comments at meetings of the U.S. Department of Education’s outside advisory committee overseeing college accreditors, NACIQI, I have repeatedly argued that the Department, as part of evaluating accreditors, should be taking notice of any schools under a given accreditor that have been exposed for engaging
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January 26, 2023

For-Profit College Owners Charged for Selling Fake Nursing Diplomas

Federal prosecutors in Miami announced Wednesday that they had charged 25 people — including the owners of South Florida for-profit colleges — with selling fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts to people seeking licenses and jobs as nurses. Collectively, the defendants charged in federal documents facilitated the distribution of more than 7,600 fake nursing diplomas
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January 25, 2023

University of Arkansas in Talks To Buy Troubled For-Profit University of Phoenix

The Arkansas Times revealed Tuesday that a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Arkansas System has been in talks about acquiring the University of Phoenix, long one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges, from that school’s current private equity owners. A spokesman for the University of Arkansas System acknowledged to the news outlet that
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January 17, 2023

University of Phoenix Seems to Break Pledge to Avoid Misleading Ads

The University of Phoenix has been running a national advertising campaign that suggests to prospective students that the school is a public, state-operated institution, when in fact is a private, for-profit operation.  The ads, therefore, seem to violate a 2019 settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in which the school’s owners agreed that their
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January 6, 2023

More Predatory For-Profit Colleges Collapsing, More Students in Peril

In recent weeks we’ve seen more predatory for-profit colleges falling apart.  Once again it will be a challenge for the U.S. Department of Education, state authorities, and others concerned about students to help the current students at these schools find new colleges or get some of their money back.  — San Antonio-based Quest College abruptly
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December 14, 2022

Independence U. Employee Got Threats After Speaking with U.S. Investigators

On April 27, 2021, Dorothy McCarty, a financial aid advisor at Independence University, an online career college, met via Zoom with investigators from the United States Department of Education to discuss what McCarty considered to be unethical abuses of students, largely low-income people, by the school, which was owned by the Utah-based non-profit Center for
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December 13, 2022

Facing Collapse, For-Profit ASA College Makes Troubling Moves

Faced with the increasing likelihood that it will be forced to shut down, New York-based for-profit ASA College has left students in turmoil, providing confusing messages about transfer options, refusing to refund tuition, adding new charges to student bills, and seeming to recruit and enroll new students even as it appears likely they will not
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December 7, 2022

Headhunter Sends Stark Robocall Seeking College Recruiting Chief

A recorded message sent from a corporate headhunter to various people in the for-profit college industry is getting attention from some industry members, because it is apparently an unusual use of so-called robocalling. The recording also presents in stark terms the kind of mercenary activity that is taking place with taxpayer-funded higher education dollars. In
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