Tag Archives: for-profit colleges and universities

We won't sit by idly while students face rule rollbacks that signal "open season"

We won’t sit by idly while students face rule rollbacks that signal “open season”

Faculty Forward Network signed a joint coalition letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on July 12 expressing opposition to “the delay, dismantling or weakening of the gainful employment regulations finalized in October 2014 and the ‘borrower defense to repayment’ and college accountability regulations finalized in November 2016.” Students and taxpayers should not be on the hook for fraudulent and deceptive business practices that fail to deliver quality education at a reasonable cost. In man ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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