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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 ...

Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions

Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions

By Alan Trevithick Fordham Faculty United will host an event tomorrow “Labor Justice at Jesuit Institutions," and Dave Andrews, known to many as a key adjunct activist and organizer at Loyola Chicago, will be our main speaker. Given his experience, his insight, and his commitment, we're more than pleased to have him at the center of FFU's first major event at Fordham. That's at 1pm, in the FLOM auditorium at Walsh library, on the Rose Hill Campus. We're so looking forward to it, and to ...

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 ...

Why I'm Taking Action on 4.14

Why I’m Taking Action on 4.14

By Jason Grunebaum When’s the last time you saw a McDonald’s commercial featuring one of its workers cashing a paycheck that pays a living wage? Or opened a university homepage to find a full-screen photo crowded with smiling non-tenure-trackers and the headline: Our students couldn’t do it without you? The commercial’s held up in casting, and the provosts of the land are still playing with the fonts. But make no mistake: both are in the pipeline, and the upcoming actions of 4.14 wil ...

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, ...

Why Activism Matters

Why Activism Matters

Someone recently told me that the most radicalizing experience is to try to work inside academia to affect change. It’s taken me years, literally years, to come to an understanding about the corrupt corporate model of higher education that has so swiftly taken over public and private colleges and universities across the country. Now all the staff and student services employees at my university wear a special uniform, they look like they are ready to go to work at McDonald’s. It appears this happ ...

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 ...

Westwood College Students Start Classes Demanding a Refund if the School Closes

Westwood College Students Start Classes Demanding a Refund if the School Closes

Westwood College is in trouble, but on the first day of a new semester on Wednesday students and faculty are demanding that Westwood make a promise: If Westwood closes, all students that attended Westwood College deserve a responsible closure that includes a FULL refund ...

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