January 11, 2019

Turmoil at Dream Center Colleges Spills Open With Seattle “At-Risk” Designation

The financial and organizational turmoil at Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), reported to me by multiple staff in recent weeks, has spilled into the open with, at least, a new letter from the Washington state higher education oversight body. In a letter sent Thursday to the campus director of DCEH’s Art Institute of Seattle (Ai
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December 7, 2018

Students Sue Dream Center Over False Claim That School Was Accredited

With Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) staff members reporting signs that their non-profit operation may be on the verge of declaring bankruptcy or entering receivership, and perhaps that CEO Brent Richardson is moving on, a group of students from DCEH’s Illinois Institute of Art have just sued over the school’s false public statements that it
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July 20, 2018

Leaked Recording: Dream Center Exec Blames Durbin, EDMC, Accreditors (But Not DeVos)

In a meeting with faculty and staff of the soon-to-close Chicago campus of the Illinois Art Institute — a career school that has for decades offered programs in design, fashion, marketing, culinary, film, animation, and technology — John Crowley, a top official of the school’s owner, blamed the prior corporate ownership, the school’s accreditor, state
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June 30, 2018

Dream Center Closing Numerous ex-EDMC Campuses

A leak out of the North Carolina higher education system confirms what insiders have been telling me, and online rumors have indicated: Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) plans to shut down many of the Art Institutes and other campuses it acquired last year from faltering for-profit college chain EDMC. An email obtained by the Raleigh
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May 31, 2018

DeVos Dystopia: More Art Institutes and Woz U Staff Speak

With Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos having turned over her Department’s policies to lobbyists for the very predatory colleges that have ripped off students and taxpayers for billions of dollars, many of the bad actors in the for-profit college industry have accelerated a wave of conversions to non-profit status, aimed at freeing them from the few remaining federal
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May 16, 2018

Inside a For-Profit College Conversion: Lucrative Ties, Troubling Actions

The once for-profit Art Institutes are now run by the non-profit, faith-based Dream Center. But they’re connected to the new Woz U and a web of for-profit companies — raising questions of conflict of interest and legal compliance.  On the phone, Brent Richardson, the CEO and co-chairman of the new non-profit Dream Center Education Holdings
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