• Report: #1014418

Complaint Review: University of Phoenix

  • Submitted: Thu, February 14, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, February 14, 2013

  • Reported By: Dahn — Internet United States of America
University of Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona United States of America

University of Phoenix Apollo Group University of Phoenix: High Costs for Marginal Education Phoenix, Arizona

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The University of Phoenix is a failing organization using a failed strategy.  Phoenix, and its parent company, Apollo Group, have exploited veterans and working class individuals (often people of color) over the years to increase their profits.1

Recently however, proprietary ("for profit") schools has been facing greater scrutiny from the federal government: from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and more recently from the Harkin Commission.2

Through Title IV funds, VA loans, and direct student loans, the federal government has provided more than 80% of UOP's funding.  From 2009 to 2011, for example, Phoenix received $196 million in VA benefits.3

According to the US Department of Education's College Scorecard, the University of Phoenix has a 17% graduation rate and a 26% default rate.  The average University of Phoenix graduate will have about $64,000 in student loan debt, with an unknown possibility of finding a job in their major. Credits are unlikely to transfer to other, more legitimate schools.4

In 2013, the University of Phoenix faced serious issues with accreditation.  While the results have been published yet, Apollo Group shareholders have hired a law firm, Hagens-Berman, to investigate whether Apollo Group officials knew of these concerns but failed to notify their investors.  Hagens-Berman is seeking employee whistleblowers who may know about these concerns.5

Recently, the University of Phoenix has been closing campuses and laying off employees with limited notice.  Worker grievances have been aired publicly on the Internet, exposing possible racism and sexism in the organization.6

1. http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/26/news/economy/veterans-schools/index.htm
2. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10948t.pdf, http://www.harkin.senate.gov/press/release.cfm?i=331821
3. http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/26/news/economy/veterans-schools/index.htm
4. http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/UniversityProfile.aspx?org=sr&id=372213, http://www.propublica.org/article/at-u-of-phoenix-allegations-of-enrollment-abuses-persist-1103
5. http://www.hbsslaw.com/cases-and-investigations/cases/Apollo-Group-Inc-
6. http://www.thelayoff.com/university-phoenix


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