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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 – [...]

BPP posts £118 million losses in blow to Apollo’s ambitions

The cause of for-profit education in the UK took a blow yesterday with the news that BPP University College, the for-profit education company with degree-awarding powers made an operating loss of more than $190 million (£118 million). The losses were largely the result of the US parent company Apollo charging BPP $175million for poorer than [...]

Stand by for more for-profit universities in UK

In spite of persistent lobbying by the University and College Union, not least in our recent report on the scandals in the US for-profit sector, the Coalition government seems hell-bent on opening up the UK university sector for private sector profit. BPP, which is owned by Apollo, Kaplan and Laureate have been lobbying the government [...]

More woes for University of Phoenix

The news just keeps getter worse for the Apollo Group and its flagship University of Phoenix. The state of Oregon has announced that it’s suing the company for $US 10 million for securities fraud.

The state’s treasurer and attorney general claim the University of Phoenix prepared misleading  financial statements. The for-profit college allegedly overstated its [...]

Enrolment plunges at U of Phoenix

The Apollo Group has announced that enrollments at its flagship institution, the University of Phoenix, have dropped by a whopping 40%.

According to Bloomberg News, the biggest education company in the U.S. has been forced to withdraw its 2011 earnings forecast due to the declining student numbers and “increased regulatory scrutiny.”

The Obama Administration has [...]

UK academics slam privatisation of universities as BPP becomes ‘university college’

UCU warned the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government that encouraging the growth of private universities would damage the UK’s international reputation and invite serious questions about standards. BPP, the subsidiary of Apollo which has degree awarding powers, has been lobbying the government heavily to relax the regulations on who can call themselves a university.

As the Times Higher [...]

Private company lobbies for de-regulation of UK universities

UK private education company BPP College has been lobbying the new coalition government for further de-regulation of the rules governing university status in moves that would open the door for the further expansion of the private sector. A story in the Times Higher Education magazine appeared to confirm what UCU has suspected, that BPP has [...]

Savage cuts to UK universities are a green light for private sector

Colleagues around the world may be aware of the massive cuts in UK higher education funding announced just before Christmas. On 22 December, the government announced that £135 million would be cut from higher education funding for 2010-11, on top of £180 million in “efficiency savings” that are already being implemented.

The context for these [...]

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, [...]