December 23, 2020

As Predatory College Stumbles, Founder Melts Down Over Ayn Rand Dispute

At the end of a year in which the Center for Excellence in Higher Education’s career training schools have fallen into deeper and deeper trouble with regulators and accreditors because of their predatory abuses against students, the schools’ founder, Carl Barney, has been engaged in an embarrassing public spat with a philosophy organization to which,
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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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September 30, 2019

CFPB Probes, Rebukes Controversial College Operator CEHE

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is investigating student loan practices at the college chain operator Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), which already has been facing law enforcement actions by the U.S. Justice Department and the Colorado attorney general. Filings posted on the CFPB website show that the controversial college operator this spring
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September 3, 2019

Judge Says He Needs More Time to Decide CollegeAmerica Fraud Case

A Colorado state judge says he needs more time to rule in a fraud case that Colorado’s attorney general took to trial in late 2017 against the CollegeAmerica chain of career colleges. The case was filed by then-Colorado attorney general John Suthers and pursued by his successor, Cynthia Coffman, both Republicans. CollegeAmerica called as its
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May 6, 2019

Shielded By DeVos, But College Chain Faces Accreditor Sanctions

Months after a hushed-up dismissal of its lawsuit against the Betsy DeVos Department of Education, the college chains operated by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education face new sanctions from their accreditor, ACCSC. By notice dated May 2, ACCSC renewed accreditation for two years for CEHE’s CollegeAmerica schools, but in a letter dated the
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April 3, 2019

CollegeAmerica’s Legal Battles Go On

Just before Christmas, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, which operates CollegeAmerica, Stevens-Henager College, and Independence University, dismissed its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, which had, in the final year of the Obama administration, refused to recognize the company’s schools as non-profit for purposes of federal regulations; the Department under Obama had
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January 6, 2019

Troubled College Operator Drops Lawsuit Against DeVos. Why?

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, operator of a chain of colleges repeatedly caught deceiving and short-changing students, has quietly dismissed its lawsuit against the Department of Education, a case aimed at reversing the Obama administration’s 2016 rejection of the company’s bid to be treated as a non-profit institution. It’s unclear from the court
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February 20, 2018

Accreditor Scolds School That DeVos May Reward

Politico recently reported that Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may be ready to reverse a 2016 Obama Administration decision that rejected the application of the predatory CollegeAmerica/Stevens-Henager chain to be treated as a non-profit school for purposes of Department regulation. Such an about-face by the DeVos Department would reduce accountability measures for the previously for-profit college chain,
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