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October 21, 2010 10:00 AM Florida Attorney General Targets For-Profit Colleges

By Daniel Luzer

This is going to be quite a fight.

While the for-profit Keiser University is currently involved in suing the president of Florida State College at Jacksonville for “colluding with opponents of for-profit colleges in a targeted smear campaign against the school,” it’s apparently not the only proprietary school going court. According to an article by Melissa Korn in the Wall Street Journal:

The Florida Attorney General’s office has launched a civil investigation into five for-profit colleges. The state is looking into allegations at Washington Post Co.’s (WPO) Kaplan Inc.; Education Management Corp. (EDMC) and certain of its Argosy schools; certain Corinthian Colleges Inc. (COCO) units; Apollo Group Inc.’s (APOL) University of Phoenix, and privately held MedVance Institute.
The probe is seeking information on “alleged misrepresentations regarding financial aid; alleged unfair/deceptive practices regarding recruitment, enrollment, accreditation, placement, graduation rates, etc.”

The attorney general’s office says that it began the lawsuit because it had taken “consumer complaints” from former students at the institutions run by these corporations.

In August a Government Accountability Office report found that branches of all five of these companies routinely engaged in deceptive recruiting practices.

Keiser University was not named in the lawsuit.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer