September 7, 2022

Arizona Global Campus Is Still Ashford Inside

On August 1, the University of Arizona (UA) announced it was buying out Zovio, a for-profit education company, from a contract that was reached in 2020 and was supposed to last 15 years. Under the original agreement, giant public university UA bought an online school called Ashford University from Zovio, and renamed it University of
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August 11, 2022

Some Threads: Kaplan, Perdoceo, Zovio, Keiser, Strayer

I can’t make time to write this week, but here are a few threads I posted on issues, regarding predatory college operations, that investigators and reporters might explore. Purdue University Global (Kaplan Inc.) Here’s @purdueglobal, owned by Purdue but operated by Kaplan/@grahamholdings, misleading the public that it’s the same school as the @LifeAtPurdue U ranked
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July 21, 2022

Accreditor SACS Fails to Stop Abuses at Keiser University

I’m offering a comment at today’s session of the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a board of outside experts charged with evaluating the private accreditation agencies that, in turn, oversee the quality of colleges and serve as gatekeepers for colleges’ eligibility for federal student grants and loans. My
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July 14, 2022

Keiser University, Lincoln Tech Oppose Debt Relief for Broke, Scammed Students

Three career college chains with troubling records have become the first institutions to object to a landmark court settlement that would provide some $6 billion in debt relief for about 264,000 former students who claim they were deceived by their schools. Keiser University (through its parent organization Everglades College), and, jointly, Lincoln Educational Services and
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June 30, 2022

For-Profit College Barons “Are Laughing” At Their Fortune Under Biden

It took the Obama administration just a few months after taking office in 2009 to start looking into the looming scandal of for-profit higher education: Businesses, of both the strip mall and the Wall Street variety, were using deceptive and predatory practices to lure veterans and low-income students into poor quality college programs, in order
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June 10, 2022

New Legal Filing Underscores DeVos Hostility to Debt Relief for Scammed Students

It’s good to know that Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, joined the small minority of Republicans who opposed Trump’s conspiracy to overthrow the United States government. But when it comes to her views on education, including the appalling abuses of veterans, single mothers, and other students by for-profit colleges, DeVos is no hero.  If
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June 8, 2022

The 17 Questions The Education Dept. Asked A University President Before He Resigned

On May 19, Michael Frola, a career official of the U.S. Department of Education, sent a letter to the president of the University of Phoenix, which, with a total enrollment of some 90,000 students, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the United States. In the letter, first reported on last Friday and
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June 1, 2022

With Debt Relief for Corinthian Students Finally Here, Time to Stop Funding Predatory Colleges

The Hill has reported this afternoon that the Biden Administration, at an event tomorrow featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, will announce widespread debt relief for former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015 following revelations of blatant deceptive practices. [UPDATE 06-01-22 6:45 pm: The U.S. Department of Education just released a statement announcing
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