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  KA-BOOM! Bear Exposes Douglas Dissertation as Collaboration!
Posted by: Henry Greenberg - 11-12-2018, 09:55 PM - Forum: John Bear - Replies (4)

John Klempner Bear, the Janus of Distance Learning, lets it slip.  Doogle Arse's dissertation research was another group project, conducted "with" Rich Douglas but not by Rich Douglas.

Quote:In 2000, Bear, who has a Ph.D. in communications from Michigan State University, conducted diploma mill research with Rich Douglas, a long time Air Force education officer. They sent questionnaires to 300 university registrars asking whether they would accept degrees from a variety of schools "always, usually, sometimes, rarely or never.’’

"The LaSalle response was ‘never’ in every case,’’ Bear said.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/education/..._171657154

As others have noted (Did Bear do Part of the Paper? Sounds like it.), Bear has made similar statements in the past.  This is the first time he has openly admitted that indeed Shoeless Rich was the second person in "We."

This might also explain why Bomber Douglas felt the need to get a second doctorate.  He must have figured that as Bear became increasingly senile he would blab the embarrassing truth, just as he revealed Janko's real identity.  It was only a matter of time before...KA-BOOM!

As a member of the dissertation committee, it would appear that Klempner went above and beyond his duty of impartiality. Some people run "do my homework" services; Klempner was running a "do my dissertation" service.

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  edX Masters Fully Online
Posted by: Yancy Derringer - 11-10-2018, 04:03 PM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

Quote:Fully Online edX Masters Programs
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Earlier this month edX announced that starting next fall it would offer fully online Master's degrees, including ones related to computer science and data science. Some of them build on existing MicroMaster's programs providing "stackable credentials" along the way.

In his blog post making this announcement  Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX writes:

The Master’s degrees on edX come at a time when the workplace is changing more rapidly than ever before. Employers are in need of highly-skilled talent, especially in fields most impacted by advances in technology.  


We built these programs for you, our learners, so that you can earn a top ranked graduate degree, at a disruptive price, in a flexible way.


His post included the information that the average Master’s graduate increases their salary by $17,000 per year, yet the average Master’s degree costs between $30,000-$120,000. The cost of a Master’s degrees on edX is planned to be between $10,000-$23,000, making it a realistic proposition for many more individuals.

Agarwal also notes the way in which the new Master's programs  builds on the edX MicroMasters® program, which we have previously introduced, see Statistics & Data Science MicroMasters on edX. He writes:

Similar to how a MicroMasters program can stack into an on-campus Master’s degree, a MicroMasters program can also stack into a fully online Master’s program. This allows you to start engaging with Master’s level curriculum right away in order to determine if both the online learning experience and the subject matter are a fit, before the Master’s application deadline. Taking the MicroMasters program first can also help to strengthen your Master’s degree application. Further, the MicroMasters program is a valuable career transformation tool on its own, providing you with valuable standalone skills and credentials, and recognized by industry leaders for real career relevancy.
 

All the new edX-based offerings come from top-rated universities and are promised to be as rigorous as campus-based equivalents. For us the most relevant is the Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. It consists of 10 courses to be studied over a period between eighteen months t to 3 years at a cost of $10,000.

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Others of interest are the Master of Data Science from the University of California comprising 10 courses to be studied over 1 to 3 years at a cost of $15,000 and two offerings from the Georgia Institute of Technology: Master of Science in Cybersecurity, which consists of 10 courses over 2 to 3 years at a cost of $9,920 and Master of Science in Analytics, which consists of 11 courses over 1 to 3 years at a cost of $9,900. It is described as a deep dive into analytics in which students choose from 3 specialized tracks:
  • Analytical Tools
  • Business Analytics
  • Computation Data Analytics

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  NCU Sued for Fraud in Class Action Lawsuit
Posted by: WilliamW - 10-01-2018, 02:39 PM - Forum: Beware: Northcentral University - No Replies

Quote:San Diego’s Northcentral University sued for allegedly defrauding its online students
The San Diego Union Tribune By Gary Robbins Sept. 7, 2018

A little-known online university has been sued in U.S. District Court in San Diego for allegedly recruiting students by falsely promising them that they could quickly earn comparatively inexpensive doctoral degrees. The class action lawsuit was filed Thursday against Northcentral University (NCU), a for-profit school located on Point Loma.

Court documents say that suit was filed on behalf of Christina Torres, a New York City doctoral student who claims to have attended NCU from 2010-17. Other plaintiffs could be added later.

“NCU’s doctoral programs were essentially bait-and-switch operations,” claims the lawsuit. “The bait was displayed when NCU’s marketing materials misled prospective students by promising that doctoral degrees would cost less, and take less time, to complete than the programs would actually take.

“For example, students seeking a Doctor of Education were told that it would take ‘3.5 years’ at a cost of $30,000. However, NCU’s own documents confirm that the Ed.D program was in fact ‘designed’ to take 83 months, or nearly 7 years, which would result in a cost exceeding $50,000.”

“When the students attempted to obtain their degree, they met an endless series of hurdles, delays, and tuition payments, resulting in students incurring unnecessary additional loans beyond those they expected to incur based on the time frames promised by NCU.”

David Harpool, provost of NCU, said in a statement to the Union-Tribune:

“Northcentral University takes our students’ concerns very seriously, and any concerns that we receive are carefully reviewed.

“Northcentral University is unique among doctoral degree-granting institutions, with a one-to-one teaching model (taught by a 100 percent doctoral faculty) and a proven track record of helping doctoral students complete both their dissertation and degree successfully.

“In fact, we have created an approach to dissertation completion that is unique in higher education and is specifically tailored for busy working professionals. Northcentral University has helped thousands of students successfully earn their doctoral degrees, and we are extremely proud of the programs we’ve developed to help them along their path.”

The lawsuit comes less than two months after the San Diego-based National University System announced that it intends to acquire NCU in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year.

The plan is to make NCU an affiliate that would provide National with something it needs — a larger number of affordable graduate courses.

National told the Union-Tribune on Friday that it has no comment on the lawsuit.

Quote:Northcentral University Sued for Using Abusive Marketing Techniques
The College Post By Staff Writer Sept. 11, 2018

The Northcentral University (NCU) has landed itself in a soup after a former student filed a class-action complaint against the online school in a federal court. The complaint, filed by Christina Torres in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleges the online-only for-profit university of using abusive market schemes to lure students by promising quick degrees. The school has been accused of dragging the degrees for years leaving students with huge loan burdens.

Torres, who attended the university between 2010 to 2017, seeking a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), was told that she would complete her degree at the cost of $30,600 in three and a half to five years, but it took nearly 7 years costing her more than $50,000.

“NCU never dealt with me on the level. If they had not misrepresented the timeline, costs, and hurdles to completing this doctoral program or if they had just honestly disclosed their scheme, I would not have enrolled at NCU. Period,” she said.

“I certainly would not have put myself on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to finance my education. They wasted my time, sidelined my ambitions, created a huge delay in my life, and forced me into deep debt.”

According to Torres’ attorney Joseph Peiffer, the university uses a bait and switch marketing scheme in its doctoral programs.

“NCU is running what is essentially The bait is displayed when NCU’s marketing materials and employees mislead prospective students by promising that doctoral degrees will cost less and take less time to complete than those programs would actually take,” Peiffer said.

“Prospective students take NCU’s bait when they commit to attend the university, pay substantial tuition and fees, and obtain hefty student loans.”

Quote:San Diego For-Profit University Accused of "Bait-and-Switch" Tactics in Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Hundreds of Debt-Crippled Students

Northcentral University is 3rd Online-Only University to be Named in Class Action Lawsuits Filed by Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane; NCU Accused of Luring in Students With False Promises of Quick, Low-Cost Doctorate Degrees.
Sep 06, 2018, 16:28 ET

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds and possibly thousands of doctoral students attending the online-only for-profit Northcentral University, Inc. (NCU) have been subjected to an abusive marketing scheme under which degrees are promised relatively quickly and at low cost, but then drag out for years longer and tens of thousands of dollars in additional student loan debt, according to a class-action complaint filed today by the law firm Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane (PWCK) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego Division.  For more information on the lawsuit go to www.ncuclassaction.com.

The class-action complaint was filed on behalf of Christina Torres, a Bronx, New York City resident who attended NCU from 2010-2017. Torres and other students seeking a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from NCU were told that it would take "three and a half to five years" at a cost of $30,600. However, NCU's own documents confirm that the Ed.D. program was in fact "designed" to take 83 months, or nearly seven years, resulting in a cost exceeding $50,000. NCU appears to have made such representations across its entire range of doctorate programs.  

It also appears that NCU is still falsely advertising online as of today that it can deliver a degree quickly and at a low cost.

The NCU lawsuit is the third such lawsuit to be filed against an online-only, for-profit university by Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane. PWCK also has filed such complaints against Walden University and Capella University, both of Minnesota. For-profit universities received extensive attention under the Obama Administration, which created the Gainful Employment disclosure requirement that exposed false marketing claims made by NCU and other for-profit universities. Trump Administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken steps to eliminate the vitally important public disclosure rule.

Joseph Peiffer, managing shareholder and attorney, PWCK, said: "NCU is running what is essentially a bait-and-switch marketing scheme in its doctoral programs. The bait is displayed when NCU's marketing materials and employees mislead prospective students by promising that doctoral degrees will cost less and take less time to complete than those programs would actually take. Prospective students take NCU's bait when they commit to attend the university, pay substantial tuition and fees, and obtain hefty student loans. Because those students rely upon NCU's misrepresentations and omissions, they are now saddled with crippling debt, bad credit, inability to obtain additional student loans, useless course credits that will not transfer to other institutions, and for many, no doctoral degree. It's the dog that never catches its tail."

Christina Torres said: "NCU never dealt with me on the level. If they had not misrepresented the timeline, costs, and hurdles to completing this doctoral program or if they had just honestly disclosed their scheme, I would not have enrolled at NCU. Period. I certainly would not have put myself on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to finance my education. They wasted my time, sidelined my ambitions, created a huge delay in my life, and forced me into deep debt."

Paul Lesko, attorney, PWCK, said: "As a for-profit corporation, NCU has clear incentives to mislead students about how long it will take to complete its doctoral programs. First, the longer it takes for a student to get a degree, the more tuition and fees (and profit) NCU receives. Second, because NCU knows that most of its students rely on loans to finance their education and will consider the expected total cost of a doctoral program before agreeing to enroll, NCU has every reason to make its programs appear as affordable as possible, even though they are not affordable. NCU also knows that once students have paid tens of thousands of dollars to partially complete their program, they will be compelled to continue enrolling for additional semesters (and taking out additional loans) for fear of having nothing to show for the time and resources that they have already committed."

NCU currently has approximately 10,000 students, 5,500 alumni and potentially thousands of former doctoral students who did not graduate, many presumably due to delayed degrees or mounting student debt. Nearly all (98 percent) of NCU's current student body is composed of graduate students, 69 percent of whom are enrolled in doctoral degree programs.

As the class-action complaint notes: "Once enrolled in the doctoral programs, problems began. While the students attempted to obtain their degree, they met an endless series of hurdles, delays, and tuition payments, resulting in students incurring unnecessary additional loans beyond those they expected to incur based on the timeframes promised by NCU. Students who believed that they were getting ever closer to their doctoral degree were repeatedly confronted with decreasing resources, high faculty turnover, disorganization, a lack of oversight, poorly trained instructors, a 21-day-turnaround time (with most instructors taking the full 21 days to respond their students), and little to no constructive feedback (or if feedback was given, inconsistent feedback), all of which extended the doctoral students' enrollments at NCU. Frustrated, doctoral students eventually realized that, contrary to NCU's promises, they did not control the time it would take to complete their degree — they were at the mercy of NCU."

While students did what they could to obtain their doctoral degrees, their programs stretched beyond the promised timeframes, and tuition payments (and student loans) continued to mount. As students' enrollment at NCU dragged on for years past the expected timeframes, NCU's promises of an affordable education became a nightmare of frustration and crushing debt. Many students' debt would grow so large that they would have no choice but to un-enroll so they could stop accumulating more debt and dedicate themselves full-time to paying back their enormous student loans, all without degrees to show for their hard work.

Northcentral University is a private, for-profit, online-only university founded in Prescott, Arizona in 1996. NCU moved to San Diego in 2017. NCU offers online degree and certificate programs from the bachelor's level through the doctoral degree level in its School of Education, School of Business and Technology Management, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Quote:CLASS ACTION AGAINST ONLINE UNIVERSITY – KGTV SAN DIEGO

http://www.ncuclassaction.com/wp-content...IELD_1.mp4

While students did what they could to obtain their doctoral degrees, their programs stretched beyond the promised timeframes, and tuition payments (and student loans) continued to mount. As students’ enrollment at NCU dragged on for years past the expected timeframes, NCU’s promises of an affordable education became a nightmare of frustration and crushing debt. Many students’ debt would grow so large that they would have no choice but to un-enroll so they could stop accumulating more debt and dedicate themselves full-time to paying back their enormous student loans, all without degrees to show for their hard work.

Northcentral University is a private, for-profit, online-only university founded in Prescott, Arizona in 1996. NCU moved to San Diego in 2017. NCU offers online degree and certificate programs from the bachelor’s level through the doctoral degree level in its School of Education, School of Business and Technology Management, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Quote:AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE | NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY CLASS ACTION

Northcentral University is 3rd Online-Only University to be Named in Class Action Lawsuits Filed by Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane; NCU Accused of Luring in Students With False Promises of Quick, Low-Cost Doctorate Degrees.

SAN DIEGO, CA. – September 6, 2018 – Hundreds and possibly thousands of doctoral students attending the online-only for-profit Northcentral University, Inc. (NCU) have been subjected to an abusive marketing scheme under which degrees are promised relatively quickly and at low cost, but then drag out for years longer and tens of thousands of dollars in additional student loan debt, according to a class-action complaint filed today by the law firm Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane (PWCK) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego Division.

https://www.ncuclassaction.com/wp-conten...tion-1.mp3

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  Fake News
Posted by: Fort Bragg - 09-16-2018, 12:48 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (23)

Remind me, why do they call it fake news?  Note two guys strolling in background.

https://youtu.be/XFh-X1bv4P0

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  Songbird McCain is Dead
Posted by: Fort Bragg - 08-27-2018, 05:03 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (7)

How to brighten up a lackluster day.

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  Colleges A Force For Evil
Posted by: Armando Ramos - 08-09-2018, 08:18 AM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (1)

Quote:Colleges: A Force For Evil
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Walter E. Williams
Posted: Aug 08, 2018 12:01 AM

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Many of the nation's colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today's college students are tomorrow's teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Of course, it is. Fifty-one percent of students think that it's acceptable to shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. About 20 percent of students hold that it's acceptable to use violence to prevent a speaker from speaking, over 50 percent say colleges should prohibit speech and viewpoints that might offend certain people.  Contempt for the First Amendment and other constitutional guarantees is probably shared by the students' high school teachers, as well as many college professors.

Brainwashing and indoctrination of young people has produced some predictable results, as shown by a recent Gallup Poll. For the past 18 years, Gallup has asked adults how proud they are to be Americans. This year, only 47 percent say they are "extremely proud," well below the peak of 70 percent in 2003. The least proud to be Americans are nonwhites, young adults and college graduates. The proudest Americans are those older than 50 and those who did not graduate from college. The latter might be explained by their limited exposure to America's academic elite. 

Johnetta Benton, a teacher at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, was recorded telling her sixth-grade students, "America has never been great for minorities." In a tirade, she told her class: "Because Europeans came from Europe ... you are an immigrant. You are an illegal immigrant because you came and just took it. ... You are an immigrant. This is not your country." To exploit young, immature young people this way represents an act of supreme cowardice. The teacher should be fired, but I'm guessing that her colleagues share her sympathies. At the same school, students were given a homework assignment that required them to write a letter asking lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.

One might be tempted to argue that the growing contempt for liberty and the lack of civility stem from the election of Donald Trump. That's entirely wrong. The lack of civility and indoctrination of our young people have been going on for decades. UCLA history professor Mary Corey told her class: "Capitalism isn't a lie on purpose. It's just a lie." She added that capitalists "are swine. ... They're bastard people." An English professor at Montclair State University, in New Jersey, told his students, "Conservatism champions racism, exploitation and imperialist war." An ethnic studies professor at California State University, Northridge and Pasadena City College teaches that "the role of students and teachers in ethnic studies is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The University of California, Santa Barbara's school of education emailed its faculty members to ask them to consider classroom options concerning the Iraq War, suggesting they excuse students from class to attend anti-war events and give them extra credit for writing about it. Rodney Swanson, a UCLA economics professor, told his class, "The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world."

There is little question that colleges stand at the forefront of an attack on America and Western values. Leftists often say that the U.S. is the world's worst country. But here are some empirical facts they might explain. According to a recent Gallup Poll, about 13 percent of the world's adults -- 630 million people -- would like to move to another country. Roughly 138 million would like to live in the U.S. -- making us the No. 1 destination, followed by the U.K., Canada and France . There's something exceptionally appealing about America and the Western world that leftists choose to ignore or lie about.

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  Bruce Ohr 2001 Paper
Posted by: Armando Ramos - 08-03-2018, 10:43 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (8)

Former Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Genesoke Ohr is hitting the news again as a key player in the Crooked Hillary/DOJ/FBI Russia hoax.

Quote:SARA CARTER: GOP Lawmakers Demand Declassification of Bruce Ohr FBI Interviews
by Cristina Laila August 2, 2018

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Former Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr

Lawmakers are demanding the declassification of the FBI’s 302 notes on 12 interviews they conducted with twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr between December 2016 – May 2017.

The FBI interviews will shed light on Bruce Ohr’s relationship with Fusion GPS, the oppo research firm his wife, Nellie Ohr worked for.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is especially frustrated with the DOJ’s stonewalling as he has been seeking documents on Bruce Ohr for several months.

Sara Carter reported:
Quote:The lawmakers say Ohr’s close relationship with former British spy and dossier author, Christopher Steele is deeply troubling. Also concerning to lawmakers is the fact that even after Steele was terminated by the FBI (he worked as a source until he was fired for “unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI”), Ohr continued to supply documents from the ex-spy to the bureau.

Lawmakers tell SaraACarter.com that the interview documents (known as 302s) should be declassified because they believe it will reveal the extent of Ohr’s involvement with Fusion GPS, his relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS owner Glenn Simpson, and his communications with FBI officials investigating Trump’s campaign.

“Ohr was one of the top officials at DOJ and they told the court they had terminated Steele, but Ohr was continuing to meet with Steele despite his termination and then (he was) feeding the information to the FBI,” said Nunes on Thursday. “It is completely appropriate for Grassley to ask for these documents to be declassified.”

Bruce Ohr funneled information from Steele and Fusion GPS directly to the FBI even after Steele was fired, according to Nunes’ FISA memo which was declassified in February.

According to the FISA memo, Bruce Ohr told the FBI during his interviews that Steele “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”

Bruce Ohr’s tight relationship with the FBI was confirmed by Peter Strzok in his Congressional testimony a couple weeks ago. Peter Strzok admitted Bruce Ohr gave the FBI extensive material related to Hillary’s phony dossier.

In May, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to the Department of Justice demanding communications between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and dossier author, former British spy, Christopher Steele.

In addition to asking for communications from Bruce Ohr, Grassley requested the DOJ arrange for the former Associate Deputy AG to be interviewed by Committee staff.

Grassley sent another letter to DAG Rod Rosenstein in July formally requesting the declassification of the FD-302 interview summaries in which Bruce Ohr relayed his contacts with Christopher Steele, and requested that they produce the declassified versions directly to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“There is no continuing justification for the FBI to keep the documents secret,” Grassley said in his letter.

Sean Hannity warned Thursday evening something big is coming out that will blow the Russia hoax out of the water.

In 2001 Ohr presented a paper at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), entitled "EFFECTIVE METHODS TO COMBAT TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESSES."  Oh the irony!

Link to website: https://www.unafei.or.jp/english/publica...al_58.html

Or read it here:


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  UoPhx Probed by Feds--Obama Pals In Peril
Posted by: Don Dresden - 07-23-2018, 06:00 PM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (1)

Crackdown = shakedown

The Kenyan's pals thought they could carjack a higher ed money fountain, expecting that the incoming Hitlary administration would then drop all the scrutiny once they were in the driver's seat.  Surprise!  Trump and his merry men can't be greased.  

No mention of whether the employment of Klempner Klones Rich "Mini Me" Douglas and Bruce "Union Goon" Tait played a part in UoPhx's ranking among Most-Hated Companies.

Quote:Obama’s Best Friend’s For-Profit University Faces Federal Investigation

1:10 AM 07/23/2018
Richard Pollock | Reporter

•University of Phoenix has close ties to former President Barack Obama and his administration, which issued strict regulations against such for-profit colleges.
•The university’s parent organization is still facing a federal investigation two years after Obama’s best friend purchased the company.
•The purchase took the company private, meaning updates to the investigation would no longer be made public.


The University of Phoenix is still facing a federal investigation more than two years after a private equity firm with close ties to former President Barack Obama made a deal to purchase the for-profit college, despite one executive’s promise to operate “with the highest ethical standards,” The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

The Vistria Group is run by Martin Nesbitt, who’s been described as Obama’s best friend and is also chairman of the Obama Foundation. The Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, agreed to be bought in February 2016, and Vistria completed the $1.1 billion purchase a year later.

The deal included an agreement that Vistria Chief Operating Officer Tony Miller would serve as chairman of Apollo Education board of directors. Miller had previously served as the deputy secretary of education for the Obama administration, which was cracking down against for-profit universities through his tenure and beyond.

But despite the Trump administration’s sharp roll back of Obama-era regulations, the Federal Trade Commission has continued its investigation into the University of Phoenix.

Miller pledged Vistria would operate Apollo Education “with the highest ethical standards” when his firm purchased the company. At the time, the company faced multiple federal and state investigations for deceptive or unfair marketing practices.

FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan confirmed to TheDCNF that Apollo Education and the University of Phoenix are still under investigation, but would not comment on additional details. (RELATED: The Obama Administration Is Coming For The University Of Phoenix)

Democrat California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra refused to comment about the status of his state’s investigation against Apollo Education.

“We can’t comment on, even to confirm or deny, a potential or ongoing investigation,” Bacerra’s office told TheDCNF.

Apollo Education did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

The University of Phoenix has seen its enrollment drop from nearly a half million to about 140,000 in 2016 in wake of Obama investigations and regulations against the university. The Obama administration’s regulations also forced Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute — two major for-profit universities — to close their doors in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Vistria’s purchase took Apollo Education private following 22 years as a publicly-traded company. The move meant Apollo Education no longer had to file regular public reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission about the university’s activities, including the status of the federal and state investigations it faced.

“How opaque this all is now,” said higher education authority Dahn Shaulis, who publishes College Meltdown, a data and research driven site that monitors universities. Shaulis, who is critical of for-profit universities, told TheDCNF that all meaningful information has dried up after Nesbitt took the company private.

“Previously, you really had a good idea of what their enrollment was, looking at their balance sheet and their extensive SEC reports,” Shaulis told TheDCNF. “Now, that information has just disappeared.”

Apollo Education described in detail the investigations it faced in its 2016 10-K annual report, which was its last report as a publicly owned company.

The company disclosed that Apollo Education received a “civil investigative demand” from the FTC in July 2015. It said the commission wanted “to determine if certain unnamed persons, partnerships, corporations, or others have engaged or are engaging in deceptive or unfair acts or practices in or affecting commerce in the advertising, marketing, or sale of secondary or postsecondary educational products or services or educational accreditation products or services.”

The company added that the FTC inquiry was seeking information on a “broad spectrum of the business and practices of University of Phoenix.”  It noted that the commission was reviewing its “marketing, recruiting, enrollment, financial aid, tuition and fees, academic programs, academic advising, student retention, billing and debt collection, complaints, accreditation, training, military recruitment, and other compliance matters.”

The company said the FTC asked for information relating to activities beginning in January 2011.

Apollo Education said it was cooperating with the FTC probe, but it refused to comply with the commission’s demand for documents, requiring the commission to request a federal court to force the company to cooperate with the investigation.

U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton for the District of Arizona compelled Apollo Education to comply with the FTC’s demands in a January 2016 order.

In the 2016 10-K report to the SEC, Apollo Education informed investors that it “cannot predict the eventual scope, duration or outcome of the [FTC] investigation at this time.”

Then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, began California’s probe into Apollo Education in August 2015 with an “investigative subpoena” issued against the company, which focused on “its recruitment of military personnel and veterans.” Harris is now a U.S. senator and is reportedly preparing a presidential bid for the 2020 election.

The California subpoena required the university “to produce documents and information regarding the business and practices of University of Phoenix relating to members and former members of the U.S. military and California National Guard, including marketing, recruiting, billing, financial aid, accommodation and other services for military personnel,” according to the 10-K.

There were revolving door and conflict-of-interest problems with Vistria and Apollo Education’s leadership, Politico reported in 2016. The outlet noted that “several key players are either close to top [Obama] administration officials, including the president himself, or are former administration insiders — especially Miller, who was part of the effort to more tightly regulate for-profit colleges at the very agency now charged with approving the ownership change.

Nesbitt and Miller also turned to a number of prominent Democrats to lend it lobbying and legal influence when it faced a number of problems stemming from the Obama administration.

The Department of Education substantially weakened the student aid Title IV capital requirements from 25 percent to 10 percent, according to news reports. The 25 percent requirement imperiled the $1.1 buyout billion deal.

“I think every way you look at this transaction is questionable and suspicious,” Bush administration-era Department of Education Assistant Secretary Diane Jones, told the New York Post when the new capital terms were announced.

To help him with his relations with Congress, Nesbitt hired Jonathan Samuels — a former Obama White House aide who focused on lobbying Congress. He also hired Amy Brundage, Obama’s White House deputy communications director to head Vistria’s communications through her role with public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker, according to USA Today.

David Halperin, an outspoken critic of what he calls “predatory” for-profit universities, disclosed in a June 2016 report that a number of other prominent Democratic operatives also work for Apollo Education. He identified two Hillary Clinton bundlers, Steve Elmendorf and Alfred Mottur, who served as lobbyists for the company as well as former Sen. Harry Reid senior advisor Jake Perry, who also served as a lobbyist.

Apollo further enlisted Jaime Gorelick, Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general, to fight a 2015 Department of Defense ban on recruitment and enrollment of active duty military personnel after the Pentagon charged that the university violated a 2012 Obama executive order banning deceptive and aggressive recruitment practices by for-profit universities.

Gorelick was hired as a partner and chair of the regulatory and government affairs department at the Washington law firm of WilmerHale.

In the acquisition, Nesbitt partnered with Apollo Global Management (which has no relation to Apollo Education) — an aggressive private equity firm to buy the university. The company describes itself as an “opportunistic investor” dedicated to “opportunistic buyouts and build-ups, corporate carve-outs, and distressed investments,” according to the company’s website.

The Apollo Global’s strategy commonly includes massive employee layoffs and the closure of operations, according to the company’s website, which has occurred since the acquisition.

Nesbitt and Obama’s relationship has been close beginning in 1980 when he played basketball for Princeton University team along with Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother. Nesbitt played basketball games and golf with Obama, according to a lengthy profile in the Chicago Tribune.

Nesbitt’s wife, Anita Blanchard, is an obstetrician who delivered Malia and Sasha Obama. Nesbitt also acted as treasurer for the president 2008 campaign and heads the Obama Foundation, which is planning his presidential library.

USA Today ranked the University of Phoenix as one of “America’s Top 20 most-hated companies,” in February 2018, in part because of the many investigations, the layoffs and campus closures. It shared the distinction with scandal-ridden companies such as Weinstein Company, Equifax and Wells Fargo.

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  Dead Assholes
Posted by: Fort Bragg - 07-22-2018, 12:28 AM - Forum: Gregg DesElms - Replies (1)

The DL Hall of Shame is full of assholes who are literally or figuratively dead.  But there hasn't been significant asshole replacement. 

We could have discussions about the current location of Kizmet's balls:
A) A landfill in New Jersey
B)
C)
D)

This site could use some revitalization, but the current inventory of assholes is severely restricted.  There will never be another DesElms, driving most of the way across the country, stalking people.

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  NV Dem Senate Candidate's Fake Business, Fake Degree
Posted by: Howie Felterbush - 07-10-2018, 09:56 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

Remember, dims, when touting your fake degree, try to avoid saying things like, “I gotta degree in computers.”  This tends to be a giveaway that you are lying.  Although the “D” next to your name on the ballot pretty much tells the same tale.  As well as the fact that you are a Chicago carpetbagger.

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EXCLUSIVE: There’s No Evidence Nevada Democratic Senate Candidate’s Touted Business Ever Existed
3:48 PM 07/09/2018
Joe Simonson | Media Reporter

Nevada has no records Rep. Jacky Rosen ever ran a small business in Nevada, despite her repeated claims that she started a consulting firm, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Rosen, a Democrat, is challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller for his seat in the upcoming November election and is considered former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s handpicked successor.

In April, a public records request was filed with the Nevada secretary of state seeking a copy of any “Sole Proprietor Exemption” or “Sole Proprietor Registration” under Rosen or her maiden name between 1995 and 2005.

Less than a week later, a public information officer from the Nevada secretary of state responded in an email that no such records existed. Those registrations are necessary for any business owners in Nevada.

Rosen has routinely flaunted her business credentials, claiming her one-woman shop consulted with her former employer, Southwest Gas, and Radiology Specialists, where her husband was once a partner.

Rosen told a radio station in November that she “raised my family, I built a business – a woman in technology.”

When the Reno Gazette Journal asked her campaign about this discrepancy, a representative said Rosen “did not keep these kinds of forms from roughly two decades ago.”

“Jacky built a career as a computer programmer and software developer for major companies in Southern Nevada, and she used those tech skills to keep working as an independent consultant,” campaign spokesman Stewart Boss said. “Like many moms, she wanted to continue her career in business while also having more flexible hours so she could also focus on raising her daughter.”

Rosen’s campaign did not immediately respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

A Chicago native, many in her state know little about Rosen. A July 2016 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal said she struggles with “name recognition” and “remains a political unknown to most Southern Nevadans.”

The Reno Gazette reiterated that point, noting that Rosen is somewhat unknown to political pundits and voters.

Yet other questions about her past demonstrates a woman comfortable with massaging the facts surrounding her credentials — if not outright lying.
In a 2017 interview with C-SPAN, Rosen claimed she received a degree in psychology and “computers.”

“When I was in college in Minnesota, I actually got a degree in psychology and computers. I’m a computer programmer and systems analyst by trade,” Rosen said.

Subsequent articles, like one in The Atlantic from January 2017, cited her supposed computer science degree, as well as her actual degree in psychology, as an example of how she is one of the few congressional representatives with a scientific background.

Yet no such degree yet existed when Rosen was enrolled at the University of Minnesota. The Atlantic had to eventually run a correction.

Polls show that Rosen is considered the narrow favorite in her upcoming Senate bid against incumbent Heller.

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