A private university in Belarus is suspending its operations after being given two weeks to vacate its main building by the government, which in July mounted a crippling assault on the defiant 11-year-old institution.
In the two months since federal agents brandishing search warrants and grand-jury subpoenas swarmed ITT Educational Services' Indianapolis headquarters and 10 of its campuses, anxieties have been running high in for-profit higher education.
The fast-growing University of Phoenix fosters a high-pressure sales culture that rewards recruiters who put the most "asses in classes," intimidates those who fall short, and encourages enrollment of unqualified students, concludes a newly released report by the U.S. Department of Education.
A major for-profit distance-education company has signed a licensing deal with the Acacia Research Corporation, which claims to own patents that cover all online audio- and video-streaming technologies. Officials at Acacia would not disclose the terms of the deal, but noted that institutions on average would pay $5,000 a year.
The Career Education Corporation, operator of the Katherine Gibbs secretarial schools and for-profit colleges, said two of its colleges were being reviewed by organizations that certify them. American InterContinental University was put on ''warning status'' by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Brooks College has been put on probation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Career Education said.
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