July 18, 2016

For-Profit Colleges Use Distortions to Enlist Students to Oppose Obama Rules

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Steve Gunderson, the former congressman (R-WI), who heads the discredited, depleted for-profit college trade group CECU (formerly APSCU), is working hard to defeat a new Obama Administration rule that would (1) provide debt relief for students who were defrauded by their schools and (2) take steps to hold fraudulent schools accountable.  In addition to efforts
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July 14, 2016

For-Profit Colleges Press Traditional Colleges To Oppose Obama Rules

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The for-profit college industry clearly is spending heavily to try to convince non-profit and public colleges to oppose new Department of Education regulations imposing accountability on badly-performing schools. Last week I wrote about how the industry has hired a former long-time New York Times reporter to try to argue to traditional higher education groups that
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July 13, 2016

ITT Tech: We’ll Change Our Recruiting Strategy To Raise Revenues (?)

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Troubled predatory for-profit college ITT Tech said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last night that in order to raise enough money to cover a new letter of credit requirement imposed by the U.S. Department of Education, “the Company expects to implement certain modifications to its historical marketing and recruitment strategy.” ITT
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July 12, 2016

Bob Dole Lobbies for For-Profit College Facing Fraud Probes

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Twenty years ago this summer, he stood on a San Diego stage and accepted the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States. Last week, Bob Dole, now a retired U.S. senator from Kansas and an endorser of Donald Trump for president, registered as a lobbyist for Bridgepoint Education, a for-profit college
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July 11, 2016

Koch Brothers’ Congressman Seeks To Block Efforts to Prevent Chemical Catastrophe

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Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas, who represents Wichita, seems to be doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers once again: He has introduced legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing or enforcing a rule to improve the safety of America’s most dangerous chemical plants. Wichita is the home of Koch Industries, which has
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July 6, 2016

Ex-New York Times Reporter Now Lobbying to Block Student Debt Relief

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For-profit colleges are once again fighting furiously, and expensively, to gut a common sense regulation from the Obama Department of Education. The Hill today is calling this latest lobbying battle a “frenzy.” The Obama rule spurring this frenzy would: 1. Implement a law already on the books by providing standards and procedures for the government to forgive the
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June 30, 2016

College Staffed by ex-Trump University Executives Tells Employees to Avoid the Media

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Tampa-based college Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), whose co-CEO was the chief operating officer of controversial Trump University, has emailed its employees regarding an article that Republic Report published earlier this week. UMA CEO Steven Kemler wrote to his staff (see images below) that Republic Report‘s article “presented an unbalanced perspective about UMA” and directed all
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June 27, 2016

Ex-Trump University Executives Run College That Gets $150 Million from Taxpayers

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Two former high-ranking executives of Trump University are now two of the top executives at a Florida-based career college, Ultimate Medical Academy, that has 13,000 students enrolled, has been receiving more than $150 million annually in federal student aid, and is accredited by the imperiled agency ACICS. The school, previously a for-profit institution tied to a New
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