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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NY Attorney General Secures $10.25 million settlement with Career Education Corp.

New York's attorney general has entered into a $10.25 million settlement with one of the nation's largest for-profit school corporations after a two-year investigation into allegations of inflated job placement statistics and other misconduct relating to enrolling students.  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the settlement with Illinois-based Career Education Corporation "resolves an investigation that revealed that in disclosures made to students, accreditors, and New York State, CEC significantly inflated its graduates’ job placement rates. CEC will pay $9.25 million in restitution to students, a $1 million penalty, and has agreed to substantial changes in how the company calculates and verifies placement rates."  According to the attorney general's office, its investigation revealed that CEC inflated job placement statistics from at least 2009 through the spring of 2011."  CEC operates schools that enroll about 75,000 students nationwide, including the Sanford-Brown Institute, American InterContinental University, and Colorado Technical University.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Accreditor reportedly will allow Ivy Bridge students to continue at Tiffin University

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Higher Learning Commission has indicated that current students in Ivy Bridge College associate degree programs can now continue their studies at Tiffin University.
Tiffin was ordered last month to discontinue Ivy Bridge College, its joint venture with a for-profit education company called Altius Education.  The Chronicle writes, "Tiffin can continue offering the program to enrolled students, but 'we just can't do it through this business relationship with Alitus,' said Paul Marion, Tiffin's president, in an interview on Thursday."  According to the Chronicle, the teach-out plan at Tiffin is subject to the Higher Learning Commission's approval.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ivy Bridge College Suddenly Announces Closing

Thousands of students pursuing associate's degrees through Tiffin University's Ivy Bridge College unit are reeling in the wake of the sudden announcement that Ivy Bridge will be closing in October.  Tiffin announced on August 1 via a post on Facebook that would be discontinuing its degree programs effective October 20.  The Toledo Blade reports that the sudden announcement regarding closure comes after Tiffin withdrew a proposal for accreditation for its Ivy Bridge programs made to The Higher Learning Commission after it became clear that it would not be supported by the accrediting body.  The forthcoming closure may affect thousands of students pursuing online programs, many of whom have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
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