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April 19, 2010 5:00 PM Trump’s University?

By Daniel Luzer

In 2005 real estate mogul and, you know, human resources specialist Donald Trump started his own school, Trump University. Trump offers classes in real estate, asset management, and entrepreneurship.

Trump, who actually graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, here explains that “action is what Trump University is all about”:

Well apparently action (and the $995 Trump U charges for some courses) isn’t good enough. Cut it out, says New York’s Education Department. According to an article by Douglas Feiden at the New York Daily News:

In a strongly worded letter… the state Education Department slammed the tycoon for calling the cyber-school a university and demanded he stop using the term.
“Use of the word ‘university’ by your corporation is misleading and violates New York Education Law and the Rules of the Board of Regents,” wrote Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education Joseph Frey.

Though the for-profit Trump U. promises an “Ivy League-quality curriculum,” the unaccredited institution does not award grades, credits, or degrees. Despite the focus on real estate, the school does not appear to even physically exist; its courses are offered exclusively online.

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