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Tue Mar 15, 2016, 07:40 AM

US to fire monitor overseeing formerly for-profit colleges


In this March 11, 2016 photo, Shane Satterfield, a roofer who owes more than $30,000 in debt for an associate’s degree in computer science from one of the country’s largest for-profit college companies that failed in 2014, holds his diploma in Atlanta. "I graduated in April at the top of my class, with honors," says Satterfield. "And I can’t get a job paying over $8.50 an hour." Despite pledging to distance itself from the poor business practices of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc, the new owner of the Everest career college chain has retained key members of its staff and some of its hard-charging sales tactics.

US to fire monitor overseeing formerly for-profit colleges
Associated Press Monday, March 14, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Education Department is removing a law firm hired to oversee the turnaround of schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit education company whose financial collapse had placed at risk more than $1 billion in federal student loans.


The department said it was removing the firm, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose Ltd. of Chicago, after the AP reviewed with senior agency officials its findings last week after a nine-month investigation examining the Obama administration's response to Corinthian's extraordinary collapse in 2014 amid allegations of mismanagement and fraud. The department had previously said only that it intended to review the firm's performance going forward.

The chairman of the firm's education practice, Charles P. Rose, declined Monday to discuss his firm's removal. A spokeswoman for Zenith did not respond to an email and phone call asking how much the company had been paid.

The monitor has been overseeing the business practices of Zenith Education Group, an offshoot of a student-loan debt collection firm that took over Corinthian's operations. It was serving as the U.S. government's close-up eyes and ears, reviewing Zenith's marketing materials and admissions phone calls and the accuracy of graduation and employment statistics.

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Thu Mar 17, 2016, 07:03 PM

1. There CAN NOT be any such thing as a "formerly for profit college" in the US now thanks to policy


In 1995 - 1998 we signed on to a huge world tr ade organizationservicesdeal that basically pledged the US to allow gradual incremental privatization of almost all public services based on certain rules with only the narrowest exceptions, which education in the US clearly does not qualify for.

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