April 13, 2020

DeVos Reversed Obama Decision, Recognized Predatory Colleges As Non-Profit

I’ve been asking for some sixteen months to know why the Center for Excellence in Higher Education dismissed its lawsuit over the Department of Education’s refusal, during the Obama administration, to recognize the controversial for-profit college operation’s troubling conversion to non-profit status. The Obama administration had concluded that the conversion was a sham that mostly benefited
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March 11, 2020

After Bipartisan Repudiation of DeVos Student Loan Rule, What Will Trump Do?

In a stunning bipartisan rebuke of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the Senate today voted 53-42 to overturn a new Department of Education rule that would make it nearly impossible for students ripped off by their colleges to have their federal student loans cancelled. Ten Republicans Senators — Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Joni Ernst (IA),
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March 10, 2020

VA To Cut Off GI Bill Funds For Two Big For-Profit Colleges, Maybe

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it plans to stop approving use of GI Bill dollars for veterans seeking to start education programs at two of the biggest for-profit college operations. One is Perdoceo, which runs American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University. The other is the University of Phoenix, long the
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March 4, 2020

Will DeVos Allow The Latest Troubling For-Profit College Trick?

A report this week from the news service Capitol Forum presents strong evidence that the for-profit college business Perdoceo, formerly Career Education Corp. (CEC), is using questionable tricks to avoid violating the federal 90-10 rule. That measure requires for-profit schools to obtain at least 10 percent of their revenue from sources other than grants and
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February 29, 2020

DeVos Fills Sole Student Slot on Outside Advisory Panel With A Former Aide

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has appointed, as the sole student representative on a key Department of Education outside advisory committee, a Michigan law student who until recently worked at the Department as a confidential assistant to DeVos’s top higher education aide, Diane Auer Jones. The advisory body, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality
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February 19, 2020

Student Advocates Again Challenge DeVos in Court For Trashing Obama-Era Rules

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has trashed two key rules that the Department of Education, during the Obama administration, painstakingly developed to discourage for-profit colleges from deceiving and abusing their own students. With a new lawsuit filed today, advocates for students are now in court fighting to cancel both of the DeVos anti-rules and keep
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February 5, 2020

Her Firm Represented Awful For-Profit Colleges. Now She’s DeVos’s Enforcement Chief.

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos gutted her department’s student aid enforcement unit, which was created during the Obama administration to crack down on predatory abuses and scams by for-profit colleges. Now DeVos has put in charge of college investigations a lawyer who represented for-profit colleges, from a law firm, Cooley, whose clients have included some
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January 7, 2020

Judge Rejects Dream Center Claim of Blamelessness in Art Institutes Deceptions

A federal judge in Chicago on Monday rejected a motion by the Dream Center Foundation to be dismissed from a lawsuit brought by former students who claim they were deceived by the Illinois Institute of Art. The Dream Center Foundation (DCF), a faith-oriented charitable organization based in Los Angeles, in 2017 acquired the Illinois school,
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