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 brought by then-Colorado attorney general Cynthia Coffman, a Republican. CollegeAmerica called as its expert witness, to present evidence supporting 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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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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January 24, 2018

DeVos May Allow Troubling Conversion of Predatory College Chain

Politico reports this morning that Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may be ready to reverse the Obama Administration’s 2016 decision to reject the application of the predatory CollegeAmerica/Stevens-Henager chain to be treated as a non-profit school for purposes of Department regulation. That would be good for the chain’s wealthy operator, Carl Barney, but, as with
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September 29, 2017

Troubles Compound for Predatory CollegeAmerica Chain

In August 2016, the Obama administration delivered a powerful blow to the CollegeAmerica/ Stevens-Henager chain of career colleges. The chain, previously a for-profit company, sold itself in 2012 to a small non-profit organization called the Center for Excellence in Higher Education and sought Department of Education approval to be freed of the federal rules that apply
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November 23, 2015

Breaking: Court Rejects CollegeAmerica’s Effort to Dismiss Fraud Case

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A Colorado state trial court has rejected nearly every aspect of a motion by a former for-profit college company to dismiss a fraud lawsuit brought by the Colorado attorney general.  In a November 17 opinion, Judge Ross B.H. Buchanan denied most of the arguments put forth by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, which operates the
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October 6, 2015

Report Exposes For-Profit College Abuses in Converting to Non-Profits

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An investigative report released this morning documents how some for-profit college owners have converted their companies into non-profit schools in a way that allows them to evade the regulatory obligations and deservedly bad reputation of for-profits while continuing to reap enormous financial benefits.  These operators have done so, the report finds, by subverting the rules governing non-profit schools, while the
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February 17, 2015

Colorado Sues CollegeAmerica for Systematic Deception

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A state court in Denver has just unsealed the complaint that the Colorado attorney general brought late last year against CollegeAmerica / Stevens-Henager, a former for-profit college network that recently converted to non-profit status. The school’s conversion seems to enrich its founder in ways that disturbingly distort the concept of a non-profit, but its apparent abuses of
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