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Former Department of Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner revealed yesterday (Nov. 16) that he will become president and managing director of Wall Street's Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm. He will report directly to the co-chief executive officers of the firm.

Warburg is the firm that originally financed San Diego's highly controversial Bridgepoint Education, a for-profit education firm that has been under investigation for years. Warburg still owns 63.38 percent of Bridgepoint.

In 2008, the Department of Education concluded that Bridgepoint's Ashford University, by far the largest organization in the company, rewarded student recruiters based on their enrollment success, improperly retained money that should have been returned, and took too long to return money to students who withdrew.

The Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in 2012 found that 63 percent of students who enrolled in 2008-2009 four-year programs withdrew, and 84.4 percent of those in two-year programs withdrew.

The company gets more than 85 percent of its revenue from federal loans and grants. Sen. Tom Harkin, head of the committee, called Bridgepoint "an absolute scam."

Bridgepoint's most recent quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that, among many things, attorneys general of Iowa, New York, North Carolina, and California are investigating the company for possible violations of various consumer and education-related laws.

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shirleyberan Nov. 17, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m.

My daughter finished Grossmont College and is now at SDSU. That's the route I trust and the cost was not sky high. A lot of people believe in UFOs and it just makes scammers money. Still don't care about the Ivy League either. She'll be fine without rubbing any elbows. The kid's smart, period.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 2:34 p.m.

shirleyberan: It must be nice to have a smart daughter. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 17, 2013 @ 12:38 p.m.

Well that, and she has a really good mother.

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

shirleyberan: That means her native-born intelligence is being nurtured wisely. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 18, 2013 @ 6:25 a.m.

Now that I think about it she did a year at West Hollywood College too. I was back and forth to L.A. at least 20 times that year. I have enough units for a couple of degrees but didn't finish at SDState. We live 10 minutes away. I waited a long time for her to figure State was fine. It has grown. She was fortunate to have gone to La Jolla high school. Choice program, it's not in our neighborhood.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2013 @ 6:54 a.m.

shirleyberan: SDSU has come a long way academically. Best, Don Bauder

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