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California Forbids U. of Phoenix Campus to Enroll More Veterans


The Chronicle of Higher Education. August 1, 2014.

The state of California has barred the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus from enrolling more veterans in some of its programs, saying it violated a federal rule meant to discourage for-profit colleges from targeting armed-service members for enrollment.

A state watchdog conducted an audit that revealed seven programs on the campus had violated a rule stating that no more than 85 percent of students enrolled in a program can receive financial aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The for-profit university has disputed that assertion, saying only one program was found to have exceeded the 85-percent mark.

The move by California comes amid national skepticism of for-profit higher-education companies and their relationship with veterans. Just this week, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, released a report stating that eight for-profits received almost a quarter of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13. It also stated that enrollment of veterans by for-profit colleges has “dramatically increased” during the last four years, even as the colleges’ overall enrollment has dropped.

The state of California has banned the San Diego campus of the University of Phoenix from enrolling additional veterans in seven of its programs, joining a growing list of government agencies cracking down on for-profit colleges.

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