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15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

We are now turning this community of over 500,000 academics into something tangible.

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U of Phoenix facing new investigation

The University of Phoenix, the for-profit subsidiary of the Apollo Group, is facing new allegations of wrongdoing. The attorney-general of Massachusetts is asking the company for 10 years of documents as part of an investigation into possible “unfair or deceptive practices.”

Subprime Opportunity

In a scathing report, the U.S.-based Education Trust is accusing American for-profit colleges of making out like bandits while students are left with crippling levels of debt.

The report lists a series of concrete examples of how for-profit higher education is failing:

The University of Phoenix – the nation’s largest for-profit postsecondary education provider – [...]

Massive cuts and privatisation for UK universities

UK universities have been rocked in the last month by 40% cuts to public funding, proposals to raise student tuition fees to £9000, to completely marketise the funding base for many subjects and, predictably, to make it easier for US for-profit companies to expand to fill the gaps.

Firstly, the Browne review recommended removing the cap [...]

Dude, where’s my tuition?

Students paying for-profit colleges and universities may be wondering where their fees are going. Bloomberg News is reporting that the executives at America’s top 15 for-profit colleges collected a whopping $2 billion in compensation last year. Remember, that’s the same year that the industry registered record loan-default and drop-out rates. And, oh yeah — the [...]

Private pathways programs target U.S. “market”

Inside Higher Ed reports that U.S. colleges are increasingly turning to for-profit pathway programs for international students in a bid to boost revenues.

In January 2010, Australia-based Navitas sealed its first U.S. deal, a 10-year contract with Western Kentucky University.  Since then,  the company has signed three more  agreements – with the Universities of Massachusetts [...]

Labour rights to be protected at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus

Construction workers building New York University’s new Abu Dhabi campus will be guaranteed some basic protections under a deal announced earlier this month by the university.

NYU had been facing mounting criticism from human rights and labour organizations over the university’s controversial venture into the United Arab Emirates where the basic rights of workers are [...]

Legal Woes at the University of Phoenix

The largest for-profit university in the United States is reportedly prepared to spend more than $80 million to settle a six-year-old whistle-blowing case filed by former admissions officers.

The admissions officers allege the University of Phoenix obtained federal student aid under false pretenses.

In a news release issued October 27 by the University’s parent company, [...]

Kaplan U’s Dystopia

A pensive  looking professor rises to the lectern, removes his glasses and surveys his class. “I stand before you today…to apologize,” he declares solemnly. “The system has failed you, I have failed you.”

A scathing critique of the corporate university? No, it’s the latest television ad blitz by Kaplan University, the U.S.-based on-line for-profit provider. [...]

Down and Outsourced in America

Psst, want a university course for less than the price of your monthly cell phone bill? It sounds too good to be true and it probably is. But that’s the sales pitch an American-based company is making to recession-weary college students in the U.S., according to an article published earlier this year in Inside Higher [...]