Tampa-based college Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), whose co-CEO was the chief operating officer of controversial Trump University, has emailed its ...
While Trump University was unaccredited and thus ineligible for taxpayer-funded student aid, UMA does have the necessary accreditation to allow federal aid to flow into its coffers. But that status is now tenuous.
In a world of mass shootings, Brexit, and a looming dramatic presidential election, the deliberations of the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity would hardly seem to matter. But, yesterday, it did.
Our report describes in detail the network of prominent Americans who continue to lend their credibility and talents to defending or promoting seven of America's biggest for-profit college companies amid growing indications of predatory practices.
Without accreditation, schools cannot receive federal student grants and loans, and $4.76 billion in taxpayer dollars went from the Department of Education to ACICS schools last year. A Department official this morning suggested that was enough.
It is absolutely stunning that the for-profit colleges' chief lobbyist, Steve Gunderson, told a reporter today that a new Obama Administration proposed rule -- a rule that would finally give students and taxpayers some leverage to recover payments for abuses by predatory schools -- "will crush career education."
The rule would create new standards for the Department of Education to require colleges to post escalating letters of credit based on concerns about their operations. And it would ban or limit the ability of a college receiving federal aid to force students to resolve claims in private, secret arbitrations, rather than in court.
The for-profit college trade association APSCU opened its conference today in Orlando, and amid sessions about dealing with increased government scrutiny after APSCU's failed lobbying strategy, there was news about two former APSCU members.
While many of the big predatory colleges quit APSCU after the group failed in its lobbying mission, some honest owners of better-performing, often smaller, career colleges have told me they had already left in disgust because the group had become so dominated by arrogant, misbehaving schools and owners.
Dara Kaplan (left) & Gwen Wunderlich (right) of Wunderlich Kaplan Communications Photo credit: Heidi Green It happens all the time. A woman leaves h...
Predatory for-profit education is a scam that works so well that Donald Trump is far from the only celebrity, or politician, to invest in it. While some for-profit college operators are honest and do a good job training students for careers, many of the biggest operators have engaged in behavior quite similar to what is alleged to have occurred at Trump University.
Kaplan has been receiving as much as $1.5 billion annually in taxpayer-funded federal student aid. But students across the country have complained that Kaplan has engaged in deceptive or coercive recruiting.
Employers who offer dubious "benefits" to their workers to attend for-profit colleges that are under law enforcement investigation for deceiving students should be asked by government regulators, media, employee unions, and individual workers whether they are receiving any compensation for steering their employees to these predatory colleges.
The U.S. Department of Education announced today it has "accepted" the law firm Squire Patton Boggs as the new "independent monitor" for Zenith Education Group. Zenith is a division of the non-profit debt collection company ECMC.
Just as America's veterans organization are coming together to demand better government protection against deceptive and abusive practices by for-profit colleges, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) seems to want to move in the opposite direction.
The University of Phoenix just announced that it will no longer require students to agree when enrolling to give up their rights to pursue in court any disputes with the school.