November 13, 2017

DeVos Stands with Scoundrels, Not Students

The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos this week began the process of dismantling the rules issued under President Obama to constrain the predatory abuses of for-profit colleges. At the end of the troubling first day of what’s called negotiated rulemaking, members of the public were given an opportunity to speak. I was
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November 13, 2017

DeVos Department Tries to Block Public Streaming of Student Debt Hearing

Staff of the U.S. Department of Education this morning refused to let attendees live-stream its negotiated rulemaking meeting, the first in a series of sessions where the Trump-DeVos department is aiming to roll back Obama-era rules to protect students and taxpayers from predatory practices by for-profit colleges. It then actively resisted proposals from negotiators representing
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November 9, 2017

Owner of Troubled, Closed Texas College Now Advises Another For-Profit School

Betsy DeVos has turned her back on students hurt by predatory colleges. Look what happens when accountability is weak. When I called for-profit Quest College this week and asked to speak with Larry Earle, the receptionist insisted there was no one to reach there by that name. But that wasn’t true. Lawrence Earle, the for-profit
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October 24, 2017

FTC Slaps Wrist of For-Profit College Marketer That Tricked Vets; Many Bad Wrists Remain

Last week the Federal Trade Commission announced it had reach a proposed settlement with a Pittsburgh-based marketing company called Victory Media. Victory had drawn attention for websites and print magazines that deceptively pitched a large audience of military troops and veterans on Kaplan University and other for-profit colleges with poor records of serving students. The
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October 19, 2017

With CollegeAmerica Trial Underway, Someone Just Posted An Unhinged Attack on Colorado’s Attorney General

A lawsuit brought by Colorado’s attorney general, Cynthia Coffman, against CollegeAmerica went to trial this week in a Denver courtroom. It’s a bench trial — no jury; Judge Ross Buchanan will decide the facts. In this document required by the court, the two sides dispassionately describe for the judge what the case is about. But a
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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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September 29, 2017

Durbin, Brown Warn Purdue’s Daniels on Deal with “Shameful” For-Profit Kaplan

In a strongly-worded letter sent late Thursday to Purdue University president Mitch Daniels, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) warn that Purdue’s pending deal to combine with for-profit Kaplan University poses major risks for Purdue’s students and reputation. The Senators assert that Kaplan has a “shameful record” as a “predatory” school. Daniels is the
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September 25, 2017

DeVos Says Defrauded Students Are After “Free Money”

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has blatantly abandoned federal protections for students and taxpayers in swiftly enacting the agenda of the predatory for-profit college industry, added insult to injury on Friday, declaring that under the rules adopted by the Obama Administration, “all one had to do was raise his or her hands to be entitled
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