University of Phoenix accreditation may get detention


Dive Summary:

  • A peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits over 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states, recommended probation for the University of Phoenix through fall 2014.
  • The University of Phoenix would continue operating and still be accredited if placed on probation, but analysts say the potential probation would place the for-profit college at a competitive disadvantage.
  • A final decision will be made in June, and according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday for U. of Phoenix parent company Apollo Group revealed little detail beyond the Higher Learning Commission feeling there wasn't enough autonomy between the college and the parent company.

From the article:

... Likewise, the Higher Learning Commission has issued a statement acknowledging the recommendation for probation, and outlining the next steps in the process: The University of Phoenix can respond to the draft report. A final decision about whether the university is placed on probation will be made in late June. “While we plan to challenge and appeal the review team’s recommended sanctions, we also intend to work closely with HLC to achieve agreement and resolution,” Mark Brenner, Apollo Group’s chief of staff, said in a statement. ...

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