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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Belford High School Can Be Sued In Federal District Court

A federal district judge in Detroit ruled today that a purported online high school, Belford High School, can be sued in the United States.  Contending that it was a "Panama-based" educational institution,  Belford had sought dismissal from the case on the grounds that they did not have sufficient contacts with Michigan, where the lawsuit was filed.  The opinion and order from the federal district judge ruled otherwise, allowing a class action against Belford to proceed in federal court in Detroit.   The class action lawsuit alleges that Belford High School is an internet scam that defrauds students by offering them "valid" and "accredited" high school diploma when, in fact, the "school" actually has no authority to issue such diplomas.   For further information on the lawsuit, visit

Monday, December 6, 2010

Everest College Recruiter Details Sales Tactics

A news report details a recent court filing in which a former admissions officer at for-profit Everest College asserts that the school instructed recruiters to make prospective students "feel hopeless" and gave recruiters financial incentives for meeting quotas.   This is just another example of the pervasive problem that occurs in the sales-driven "admissions offices" of for-profit institutions, where misrepresentation are frequently made by sales people whose livelihoods depend on meeting enrollment targets.   If you have concerns about what is being said or has been said at a for-profit school you've attended or worked for, feel free to share it with us at The Googasian Firm, 1-877-540-8333.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Education Trust Report Documents Graduation Rate Problems at University of Phoenix

Here is a link to the Education Trust report released this week that has received great public attention.   It documents, among other things, pervasively low six-year graduation rates at the granddaddy of all for-profit colleges, University of Phoenix.   At the Detroit campus, for example, the six-year graduation rate is 9 percent, according to the report.

SF Chronicle Examines For-Profit College Problems

Another nationally recognized newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, has published a story on the plight of students attending for-profit schools, including those at Argosy University and Everest College.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Study Details Problems with For-Profit College Debt and Graduation Rates

The Newark Star Ledger reports on a new study by the non-profit Education Trust revealing serious problems in for-profit education.   According to the study, "Only one in five students who enrolls in a for-profit college graduates within six years, and they’re likely to rack up far more debt than students at private and public colleges, according to a recent study."  The study also details how for-profit colleges have grown 10 times faster than traditional colleges in the last decade.