March 19, 2018

The Mysterious Deal to Take DeVry University Private

  Who owns the private company that is buying 30,000-student DeVry University, which gets some $400 million a year from taxpayers, and how do they plan to run the school? No one is saying.   In December, one of the largest for-profit education companies, Adtalem Global Education, formerly known as DeVry Education Group, announced that
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April 11, 2017

Nursing Students Cry Foul At Schools’ New Testing Rules

In nursing schools across the country, students are complaining that administrators have suddenly sprung on them new requirements that they pass comprehensive tests before they can graduate. Some of these students charge that their school has added these new test requirements mid-course to weed out students who might be in danger of flunking the national
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September 21, 2016

New CEO Says DeVry Is Seeking to Resolve Deception Charges


Lisa Wardell, who joined DeVry Education Group as CEO on May 24, says the for-profit college company is “working to resolve” claims made in a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission that DeVry misled students about job placement rates and salaries for its schools’ graduates. In an interview with Republic Report yesterday, Wardell maintained DeVry’s prior position that it
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August 4, 2016

Twist: DeVry Goes to Court To Stop Students From Bringing Arbitration


For years, DeVry University, like other big for-profit colleges, forced its students to sign agreements that they would take any dispute with the school to private arbitration, rather than sue in court. When, this year, it appeared that the U.S. Department of Education was moving in the direction of banning or limiting such mandatory arbitration agreements
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May 28, 2016

A Dubious Benefit: Big Employers Steer Workers to Troubled For-Profit Colleges

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American Airlines tells its workers that one of the employee benefits for which they are eligible is “career development training,” and an internal employee benefits web page lists American’s “learning partners and other sources for tuition discounts, waived enrollment fees and education grants to help you further develop your professional skills.” The schools listed by the company
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March 14, 2016

VA To Warn Veterans About DeVry


The Department of Veterans Affairs today suspended for-profit DeVry University from the VA’s “Principles of Excellence” status under the GI Bill.  The VA said in a statement that it had taken the action after it had reviewed a recent lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission alleging that DeVry has engaged in deceptive marketing. In today’s statement and in a
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March 1, 2016

UC Davis Chancellor Quits DeVry Board of Directors After Eight Days


For-profit college company DeVry Education Group announced last week that the Chancellor of the University of California-Davis, Linda Katehi, had joined its board of directors.  Today, after facing criticism from public interest organizations and a California legislator, Katehi quit the DeVry board. The Federal Trade Commission sued DeVry in January for alleged deceptive advertising.  The company
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February 8, 2016

Credit Suisse Analyst Who Touts DeVry Previously Touted Corinthian


Credit Suisse got the attention of Wall Street last week when it issued a report recommending that investors buy shares in one of the largest for-profit college companies, DeVry Education Group. The report came less than a week after the Federal Trade Commission sued DeVry for allegedly misleading students about job placement rates and salaries for the school’s graduates,
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