Author Archives: Tiffany Kraft

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings' Hesitation is Questionable

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings’ Hesitation is Questionable

Newly appointed University of North Carolina (UNC) System President Margaret Spellings has sided with what may fairly be described as an absurd and discriminatory state law, North Carolina House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), rather than take a stand for transgender students, which negatively affects the entire campus community. Spellings’ lack of leadership is apparent when compared with Duke University President Richard Brodhead’s decisive leadership that calls for a full repeal of H.B. 2. Brodhead did not ...

Straight Outta Scandal: Ellen Drops University of Phoenix Giveaways

Straight Outta Scandal: Ellen Drops University of Phoenix Giveaways

Since it debuted in 2003, millions of viewers have tuned into The Ellen DeGeneres Show to dance, laugh, connect with human-interest stories, listen to candid celebrity interviews, and watch stellar performances every weekday afternoon. Unfortunately, the show took a reckless turn on May 2nd, 2016 when this happened: DeGeneres presented a $25,000 scholarship from the University of Phoenix to a stay-at-home mom with aspirations of becoming an ultrasound technician. Viewers can also apply on the E ...

For-Profit Accreditor ACICS in the Spotlight

For-Profit Accreditor ACICS in the Spotlight

A quick glance at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’ (ACICS) “Institution Closings” list reveals a disturbing trend: national and regional for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) are falling like dominoes. Westwood College, who currently tops the list, cited declining enrollments “due to market shifts and changes in the regulatory environment." Several ITT Technical Institute closures are also on the list, which ITT Tech Warriors creator Christina Hammond and fell ...

Cry Foul! The NCAA Should Not Support the University of Phoenix

Cry Foul! The NCAA Should Not Support the University of Phoenix

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four is scheduled to take place in the massive University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1 and April 3 in Glendale, Arizona. The stadium occupies more than 25 acres and encompasses 1.7 million square feet of space, and at full capacity can seat 72,200 with an additional 7,400 Club Seats located in 88 luxury lofts. As impressive as those numbers are, we’re more concerned with the fact that combined national federal and private student loan debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion a ...

We Stand in Solidarity With the University of Puerto Rico Students

We Stand in Solidarity With the University of Puerto Rico Students

Over the course of last year the government of Puerto Rico has proposed over $166 million dollars in cuts to Puerto Rico University (UPR), which is the main public university system with 11 campuses serving over 69,000 students. Concerned activists on the mainland and in Puerto Rico believe this may open the door for tuition hikes and program cancellations, and students may fall victim to the University of Phoenix’s aggressive recruiting tactics that allegedly target Puerto Ricans. Many stude ...

Why I Joined The Fight For $15

Why I Joined The Fight For $15

Before I traveled to Brazil to take part in Fast Food Global (August 2015) alongside members of the Fight For $15 National Organizing Committee (NOC), I thought I had a solid understanding, in part from personal experience and a quality Liberal Arts education, of labor issues, ethics, and social activism. My informed yet limited perspective changed when I listened to the intimate history, meaning, value, and scope of the struggle for equity from the NOC squad. I joined FF$15 to make a difference ...

Debt-Financed Degrees and Low-Income Students at For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Debt-Financed Degrees and Low-Income Students at For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Debt-financed degrees disproportionately affect minority and low-income students, and this undermines student success and outcomes. Of particular concern, evidence shows that debt-financed degrees are the norm at for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs), yet many students select a for-profit college over a public or non-profit private school for a host of reasons including location, “less familiarity with college options,” aggressive recruiting, promise of career services and job placements, ...

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Increasingly, faculty at for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) work without the protection of academic freedom that faculty at traditional colleges and universities deeply value, and this impacts the quality of instruction that students receive. Infringements on academic freedom at FPCUs include extreme monitoring, autocratic governance, and prescribed content with little to no tolerance for faculty input. When this happens, the role of faculty is reduced to content delivery and assessmen ...

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