March 23, 2019

Dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud

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wealth pay for their kids to get into college

Pay to play at it’s worst.  These people already provided financial benefits to their children giving them the advantage more than 99.5% of the population had access to.  But it wasn’t enough, prestige bought and paid for.  Many of the kids didn’t even know, now their parents stripped away their confidence.  Lets see, coach i’ll pay you $500,000 if you get my kid into your college as a crew athlete, no he doesnt do crew, but my check clears….

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of other wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday the scheme had two major pieces. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities, prosecutors said.
The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.
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In all, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name “Operation Varsity Blues.” Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.
Coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case — the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, attorneys said

Grand Canyon University partners with Onlinedegree.com to make college education more affordable!

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Grand Canyon University (GCU) and OnlineDegree.com are working together to help make higher education more affordable and accessible for people across the country. Prospective GCU students will be able to satisfy general education requirements at OnlineDegree.com through self-paced online courses, tuition-free to the site’s participants. Thus, significantly lowering the total cost of education and removing impediments that often prevent individuals from taking initial steps toward their degree.

At OnlineDegree.com, students can receive college credit toward their degree taking online courses without the normal applications, entrance exams, or tuition associated with traditional institutions. The fast-growing platform was created by startup veterans and leading academics in higher education to help people go back to school. OnlineDegree.com not only prepares adults for collegiate learning, but works with participating accredited universities to award transfer credit for student’s completion of the courses. With thousands of students now enrolling every month, this provides a flexible pathway for busy adults to complete general education requirements and lower the cost of a college education.

“One of the most critical issues facing our society is access to affordable higher education,” says Grant Aldrich, Founder of OnlineDegree.com. “To enact real change, we must address the issues preventing people from getting the education they need. Grand Canyon University is bringing about that change.”

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university helping students find their purpose with next-generation education, including over 200 academic programs with many in high-demand fields. GCU offers traditional students and working professionals generous scholarship opportunities, student support resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and more. A nonprofit institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, GCU has been providing a consistent and effective online learning platform for more than a decade, with an advanced online learning management system and a variety of online library resources available anytime, anywhere.

“Grand Canyon University has a long history of making college more attainable for busy adults and non-traditional students,” says Cameron Whitcomb, Director of Strategic Alliances. “Working together with OnlineDegree.com furthers our mission of helping everyone reach a faith-based institution offering both academic quality and integrity.”

Through the alliance with OnlineDegree.com, prospective students will have up to 44 units of available credit that could be applied toward a degree at GCU. OnlineDegree.com students will also receive an additional 10% scholarship off tuition from the standard tuition rates when they enroll.

For more information, students can visit https://bit.ly/2SRpFhX .

About Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university helping students find their purpose with next-generation education, including over 230 academic programs with many in high-demand fields. GCU offers traditional students and working professionals generous scholarship opportunities, student support resources, on-campus state-of-the-art facilities, dynamic online classrooms, innovative learning experiences and more. https://www.gcu.edu

About OnlineDegree.com
On a mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone, OnlineDegree.com is a team of startup veterans and leading academics who believe everyone should have the ability to go to college. Through its free platform, students can explore different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for collegiate learning, and could receive college credits toward their degree at participating universities throughout the United States. Working adults now have a bridge to start their path back to school regardless of their finances or busy schedules. https://www.onlinedegree.com/about-us/.

Media Contact
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Email: press (at) onlinedegree (dot) com

Grand Canyon University
Bob Romantic – 602-639-7611 bob.romantic (at) gcu (dot) edu

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Online Education expected to continue it’s growth in 2019

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The number of students who were enrolled exclusively online grew to 15.4 percent  which is up from 14.7 percent in 2016, or about one in six students. The percentage of all students who combined online and in-person courses grew faster, to 17.6 percent in 2017 from 16.4 percent in 2016.  The percentage of students who took at least one course online grew to 33.1 percent, from 31.1 percent in 2016.  Online education continues to prove it’s not only here to stay but growing.

With traditional non profit institutions, OPM’s & for-profits continuing to cater to this growing market it’s clear that there is a lot of opportunity ahead.  Most of the traditional non profits who succeed are generally partnering with OPM’s like 2U or OPM alternative facilitators like Edufficient.  Those who try it alone continue to have a high failure rate.

 

View the Report from the National Center for Educational Statistics : https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019021.pdf

Lamar Alexander will not seek re election

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Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander, one of the few pragmatic dealmakers left on Capitol Hill, is the first senator to announce he won’t run for re-election in 2020.

“The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than anyone else from our state. I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege,” the longtime politician said in a statement. “I have gotten up every day thinking that I could help make our state and country a little better, and gone to bed most nights thinking that I have. I will continue to serve with that same spirit during the remaining two years of my term.”

Virginia College and Brightwood College suddenly close all locations

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Education Corporation of America, owner of a national chain of for-profit schools including Virginia College and Brightwood College in Maryland, is ending operations this week in the face of dwindling enrollment and regulatory pressures.

“This is not the outcome that we envisioned and is one that we recognize will have a dramatic effect on our students, employees and many partners,” Diane Worthington, a spokeswoman for Education Corp., said in a statement Wednesday.

The abrupt closure will leave some 20,000 students at more than 75 campuses scrambling to complete their education once the current term ends Friday. Worthington said the company, known by its acronym, ECA, will ensure students can access their transcripts to transfer to another school.

On its website, ECA promises students it will provide information within two weeks about transcript requests and recommendations on where to transfer. The haphazard planning has drawn the ire of the Education Department, which has been in talks with the company to create a transition plan for students, according to department spokeswoman Liz Hill.

Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/06/virginia-college-brightwood-college-closing-for-profit-operator-cites-dwindling-enrollment/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bd3b51e1aebf

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Coming up on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in New York City, the theme of this conference is The Role for Private Capital in Bridging the Gap Between Education & Employment.

 

As a friend of MarketDrivenEdu, you qualify for a special VIP rate — $995 ($500 off the standard rate). To register, please call Kristi Paris, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at kparis@capitalroundtable.com.

 

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  • 57% of Republicans support charter schools, versus just 36% of Democrats.
  • Only 33% of Republicans think spending on public schools in their district should be increased, versus 58% of Democrats.
  • Just 28% of Republicans believe college is worth the cost, versus 43% of Democrats.

If you’re a private investor, those stats may make you feel nervous. For instance, you may not want to invest in a for-profit college during Donald Trump’s administration, if the next president may be Elizabeth Warren and the rules may change again.

 

One path forward lies in something everyone can agree on — that the U.S. education system needs to do better at preparing people for joining the workforce.

 

Join more than 20 experts as they assess the outlook for PE investing in the education sector at this all-day conference, chaired by Daniel Pianko, co-founder & managing director at University Ventures.

At this conference, you’ll enjoy exceptional networking opportunities. The agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and a buffet lunch, to exchange ideas, swap business cards, and form new relationships.

To register, please call Kristi Paris, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at kparis@capitalroundtable.com.   

 

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Colorado State University-Global Campus has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to provide 33% of Bachelors Degree Tuition Free!

 

In its ongoing commitment to make college more affordable and accessible, Colorado State University-Global Campus has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to help bridge more working adults back to higher education. The partnership will enable students to take certain general education courses offered at OnlineDegree.com that could apply toward their degree at CSU-Global. Tuition-free.

OnlineDegree.com is a non-collegiate platform that prepares working adults for higher education and helps them receive college credit in the process…completely, free. Students can take a variety of general education courses to learn about psychology, computer programming, history, marketing, robotics, and much more — all online and at their own pace. OnlineDegree.com works with participating accredited universities where transfer credit can be awarded for successful completion of the courses. This provides students with a simple process to begin their education, and gives them a multitude of options to potentially receive free college credit nationwide.

“Our goal is to help working adults take that first critical step to go back to school,” says Grant Aldrich, CEO of OnlineDegree.com. “By removing known hurdles that often prevent someone from pursuing their education, we’re helping to improve higher education’s accessibility and keep students across the country on a collegiate-path.”

CSU-Global is already a known leader in accessibility, becoming the first independent, fully accredited, 100% online state university in the U.S. in 2007. With over 28 degrees and accelerated programs, the academic offerings have been designed specifically for working adults. In addition, they offer valuable services for non-traditional students, including career counseling, financial planning and tutoring. The partnership with OnlineDegree.com is another step to help aid students on their path to a degree and provide them a tuition-free option to reach their 13 credit threshold to transfer.

“Our partnership with OnlineDegree.com allows a student to complete over one-third of their Bachelor’s degree requirements tuition free,” says Travis Coufal, Senior Director of Engagement at CSU-Global. “CSU-Global has always been committed to a low cost, high quality education that provides a strong return on investment. This partnership is a natural extension of that commitment.”

Link to release: https://www.prweb.com/releases/colorado_state_university_global_campus_partners_with_onlinedegree_com_to_offer_adults_tuition_free_courses_towards_their_degree/prweb15762514.htm

Read more at: OnlineDegree.com 

Education Corporation of America to close at least 26 campus locations

 

Education Corporation of America, a for-profit higher education provider with locations across the country, plans to close 26 campuses — a third of its current total — by early 2020. The closures would affect almost every chain of colleges operated by ECA, including Brightwood Career Institute, Brightwood College, Ecote

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ch Institute, Golf Academy of America and Virginia College. The company said it is ending enrollment of new students at those campuses immediately because of insufficient demand.

The closures come just a few years after ECA acquired 38 campuses owned by Kaplan College, another for-profit operator. They’re the latest evidence of restructuring in a sector rocked by regulatory crackdowns, negative publicity and falling enrollment as the economy continues to improve.

The closures are concentrated mostly in Southern states, with a handful in Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas. The colleges will begin a teach-out process — the formal planning for students to continue their programs elsewhere — and cease operations entirely between June 2019 and April 2020. Students who can’t complete their program of study before a campus closes can either transfer their credits or request a tuition refund.

Link to article: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/12/profit-chain-will-close-dozens-campuses

Onlinedegree.com free first year of college!

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We wanted to introduce you to a revolutionary offering that we think will help bring adult learners back to higher education and increase quality enrollments at your institutions.

 

You may have read about OnlineDegree.com on Forbes recently: https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardvedder/2018/05/29/free-college-for-learning-and-profit/#7750caf7499b   They’ve created a “bridge” to help working adults go back to school by offering college-level courses…completely free.  They’re then partnered with participating accredited universities across the country so students can receive college credit for the courses they’ve taken.  Adults can test drive different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for college-level coursework at a university, and potentially receive college credits toward their degree. https://www.onlinedegree.com/about-us/

Rather than bypassing higher education like bootcamps or nanocertificates, their solution addresses the common concerns that often prevent adults from starting their degree at an institution (cost, time constraints, general anxiety, etc.) and instead brings them back to a collegiate path.

 

They have an excellent academic team of PhD professors, Academic Advisory Board Members, and 15 college-level courses with credit recommendations from the NCCRS (over 44 semester units).  They’ve already worked with many institutions like Southern New Hampshire University, Excelsior, Trident, Ashworth, FNU and others to provide course mappings to aid student’s enrollment to the respective schools.

 

They’re looking to partner with more universities to provide transfer options for their students to enroll.  It’s a win-win.  Students take the first step towards higher ed, and institutions are able to draw more motivated candidates.

 

Please reach out to their CEO, Grant Aldrich, to discuss articulation and next steps if this is of interest.  grant@onlinedegree.com, or call him: 949-667-2625″

 

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