Thursday, January 9, 2014

One of the Big Players in Non-Traditional Higher Education…

It is always good to pay attention to stuff like this because the affects are often far reaching.

“Possible Probation for Phoenix”

“The University of Phoenix’s accreditation woes are more serious than the for-profit giant had been told to expect, with a site team from its regional accreditor recommending last week that the university be placed on probation because of concerns about a lack of autonomy from its holding company, the Apollo Group.”

“The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools last year wrapped up its accreditation review of Phoenix. In January the accreditor informed Apollo that it had identified unspecified problems that would be disclosed in a forthcoming draft report. Company officials told investors that it would probably be placed “on notice,” a less severe penalty than probation.”

“But the report, which Apollo received last week, surprised company officials and industry analysts alike. It described “alleged administrative and governance deficiencies” that led to the call for probationary status, according to a corporate filing Apollo released Monday.”

I sincerely hope that this particular issue is not a precursor to the 2014 year. Unfortunately, this kind of issue is subjective, and highly political, and I will reiterate my opinion that the ‘traditional’ and ’non-traditional’ sectors should spend their energies working together rather than against each other.

Can you imagine how students could be helped if the entire industry truly collaborated? Students first please!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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