Cyber ‘earning’ the big enchilada

Cyber ‘earning’ the big enchilada I posted what you will read below back in 2009 but now that Verizon is joining the multi-billion dollar educational fray ( as well as the newly created Rupert Murdoch’s ‘educational’ division headed by Joel Klein, cyber learning from K-16 and beyond is the new venture plan and has been […]

Senators Harkin &Hagan propose restricting abusive marketing practices by for profit colleges

 On April 18, 2012 US Senators Tom  Harkin and Kay Hagan introduced a bill to prohibit all colleges  from using money from federal student assistance programs, including Title IV student loans and grants, Veterans benefits and the GI Bill, to pay for marketing, advertising and recruiting ( The bill was precipitated by aggressive and misleading […]

New allegations of racist practices at for profit colleges emerge

  On Wednesday April 11 2012 Courthouse news reported Joseph Simpson, a former dean at for profit school Anthem Career College, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging Anthem fired him for protesting racist hiring practices and the cheating of workers out of overtime pay.   According to Courthouse news the complaint stated “Ms. Nash […]

Washington Post pays ex CEO $20 million, then lays off news staff

    On Feb 8, 2012  the Washington Post announced buyouts for up to 48 newsroom staff as a cost cutting measure. This came  right after the Post paid out $20 million to ex Kaplan CEO Jonathan Grayer in Nov 2011 as part of a 2008  severance package.   Following Grayer’s tenure at Kaplan, the […]

Testimonial of a for-profit college student: For-profit colleges answer to a dream come true or a nightmare?

The following is from a former student at Kaplan University.  Dear Mr. Weil  If you are able to can you please read the attachment I sent along and give me your honest opinion. I am a former student of Kaplan University and needless to say they really took me for a very long and painful […]

”Setting the record straight": Washington Post subsidiary disseminates misleading information

  Washington Post subsidiary Kaplan Higher Education recently surrendered its license to operate a dental assisting educational program in Charlotte, North Carolina after they were exposed misleading students about the accreditation status of the program.  As I wrote in the story I broke for Truthout the Washington Post corporation that owns Kaplan entered into settlement with students for […]

For-Profit Colleges: Separate but not equal and the New Jim Crow

School segregation and the doctrine of separate but equal were the law of the land until 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v Board of Education: We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . Sixty years […]

In court filing, Washington Post admits telemarketing boiler room tactics at Kaplan U "

ON Dec 23,  2011 Judge Barbara Rothstein  dismissed a shareholder’s lawsuit against Donald Graham and the Washington Post alleging WaPO defrauded investors because  Kaplan U engaged in deceptive and unethical marketing practices.  The lawsuit: Plumbers Local 200 v  Washington Post, Donald Graham and Hal Jones,  was filed in US District Court in the District of […]

Washington Post Co. used Kaplan students as a pawn to threaten Congress

Many readers might be wondering about the incessant coverage of for-profit predatory colleges and universities like Kaplan or the Phoenix University, to name just a few.  The reason for the non-stop coverage is due to the incessant lobbying and profit taking on behalf of the one percent who own these colleges and seek to profit at […]

Did WaPo Censor Jay Mathew's Blog Post Alleging 'Outrageous Practices' at Kaplan U? EduGate

On Nov 27, 2011 Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews published the blog post “ 5 reasons for-profit colleges will survive”. In the post  Mathews cited statistics from a Kaplan University press release, misleadingly presenting them as fact and without attributing the source. It was apparent Mathews neither wanted to write the article nor agreed […]