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

David Halperin | Posted 05.30.2016 | Business
David Halperin

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.

University of Phoenix Won't Force Students to Arbitrate Claims; Scope Unclear

David Halperin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
David Halperin

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.

Ellen DeGeneres Shills for For-Profit College Facing Law Enforcement Probes

David Halperin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
David Halperin

Today on her television show, in honor of the upcoming Mother's Day, Ellen DeGeneres gave a $25,000 college scholarship to Courtney, an Oklahoma stay-at-home mom who wants to be an ultrasound technician. That's fantastic. Except that the scholarship is to attend the for-profit University of Phoenix.

Top Democratic Lawyer Pushed Pentagon to End U. of Phoenix Suspension

David Halperin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

Lawyer Jamie Gorelick, who served in the Bill Clinton Administration, this year successfully pressed the Pentagon on behalf of the nation's biggest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix, to lift a suspension for alleged recruiting abuses.

Let's hope this Phoenix does not rise from the ashes!

Alan Singer | Posted 03.10.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Most of us know about the mystical phoenix from Greek myth because of Fawkes, the companion of Dumbledore, and Harry Potter's ally in his battle again...

Arizona: For-Profit College Paradise?

David Halperin | Posted 03.08.2016 | Education
David Halperin

Arizona is not just the site of the only NFL stadium who naming rights are purchased by a for-profit college. It's also where for-profit colleges, backed by sympathetic legislators, some of whom take their campaign contributions, still seem to get their way.

'Wall Street Journal' Posts Anti-Student Op-Ed Without Disclosing for-Profit College Ties (Again)

David Halperin | Posted 03.05.2016 | Business
David Halperin

The Wall Street Journal today published an op-ed arguing against providing broad student loan debt relief for people who were deceived by their colleges. The co-authors of the article, Jorge Klor de Alva and Mark Schneider, contend that such relief will be expensive.

A New U. of Phoenix? Or Just New TV Ads?

David Halperin | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
David Halperin

The University of Phoenix, by far the largest for-profit college, has seen a dramatic decline in enrollments and revenues in recent years, as the public has become aware of abuses and poor performance at the school and in its sector.

University of Phoenix: New Boss, Same as Old?

David Halperin | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
David Halperin

Today, the University of Phoenix's owner, Apollo Education Group, announced a $1.1 billion deal to be acquired by a consortium of investors including Apollo Global Management (no relation) and the Vistria Group. Would this be a good deal for America's students and taxpayers?

CEO of Troubled For-Profit ITT Tech Not Quitting After All

David Halperin | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
David Halperin

On New Year's Eve, as you were preparing to celebrate with loved ones -- and not looking at news -- lawyers for for-profit ITT Tech were filing papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission

McCain Lashes Out At Durbin, Defends Veteran-Abusing For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

McCain, by using his power as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to pressure the Department of Defense to back off a legitimate investigation of the University of Phoenix, is doing a disservice to service members and veterans, who deserve to be protected against deceptive recruiting, poor quality programs, and other predatory practices.

McCain, Alexander Press Department of Defense to Back off of University of Phoenix, Their Donor

David Halperin | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

Republican senators wrote to the Secretary of Defense calling on him to "reconsider" the decision to put the largest for-profit college on probation. Coincidentally, all three senators have received significant campaign contributions from the group that owns the University of Phoenix.

Colleges Flush With Cash Saddle Poorest Students With Debt

ProPublica | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.15.2015 | College

New York University is among the country’s wealthiest schools. Backed by its $3.5 billion endowment, the school has built campuses in Abu Dhabi and ...

More Attention Given to a Small Liberal Arts College Closing Than a Giant For-Profit College System Shutting Down

John A. Tures | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

When tiny Sweet Briar College announced its closing, it was front page news. It was heralded as the beginning of the end for liberal arts colleges and single sex schools. But when the large Corinthian College system closed campuses across the country, it did not receive the same level of attention.

The University Of Phoenix Is Sinking

Wall Street Journal | Posted 03.25.2015 | College

Executives at Apollo Education Group Inc. would love to live their marketing slogan: “I am a Phoenix.” While the once-soaring for-profit educat...

Websites Promising Jobs and Medicaid Are Instead Bait for For-Profit College Telemarketers

David Halperin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
David Halperin

The operations may well be in violation of federal statutes prohibiting deceptive marketing and unwanted telephone sales calls, as well as DOE laws and regulations barring payment of sales commissions to college recruiters. At the very least, they are guilty of using sleazy tactics to sell poor-quality products.

What's The Value Of A College Degree?

William Eger | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
William Eger

For MOOCs to seriously challenge traditional universities (not just the online lecture circuit) they need to offer an enticing reward to push students through the drudgery.

Education With a Debt Sentence

Astra Taylor | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Astra Taylor

The mantra is everywhere: a college education is the only way to climb out of poverty and create a better life. For-profit schools allow Wall Street investors and corporate executives to cash in on this faith.

VIDEO: With Senator Warren Watching, Suze Orman Denies, Admits, Rationalizes Teaching at University of Phoenix

David Halperin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

It's hard to square Orman's initial denial with the admission that immediately followed. Perhaps it was a lawyerish parsing -- "it depends on what the meaning of 'at' is."

Suze Orman Warns Against Private Student Loans, Yet Teaches at University of Phoenix

David Halperin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Federal loans and grants don't come close to covering Phoenix's high prices, and like other big for-profits, the University of Phoenix does not normally provide anything like the level of in-house scholarship funding to lower-income students that many nonprofit and state colleges offer.

More Probes, Oversight (And Dress Codes) for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The for-profit college industry is lobbying furiously to prevent the Obama Administration from issuing a strong "gainful employment" rule that would cut off aid to career training programs that consistently leave students with insurmountable debt.

Anger vs. Passion - #FactsOnly

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.01.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

If we are going to talk solutions, we need to clearly understand the problems; and when people talk about society, progress and injustice, the numbers don't lie.

The Most Googled Question In 2013..

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.19.2013 | Technology

On Tuesday, Google released its annual "Zeitgeist" lists, running down the top search terms in the U.S. this past year. These end-of-year lists offer ...

Corruption Threatens Obama Action on For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.

Steve Forbes, the Olympics, Congress and Other Stuff For-Profit Colleges Buy With Your Tax Dollars

David Halperin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
David Halperin

America's for-profit colleges are receiving as much as $33 billion in a single year from your tax money, and billions more from the pockets of students, a lot of whom are left deep in debt and jobless from their encounters with predatory schools.