Thanks again for bringing more of this story out into the open.
I was astounded at the opinion piece the U-T ran--I am sure there is a reason that the U-T wants to protect McCann and Cartmill, but it can't be a very good reason.
After following this bunch in the news for the past several years, what is clear is that given the opportunity for a good decision or a bad decision, the Sweetwater Board of Trustees will uniformly go for the bad decision!
How can they be so off-base in their thinking? I am wondering if there should be some sort of reasoning exam given to board members so that the public can see whether or not these individuals are capable of discharging their required duties. They should definitely be given an ethics exam!
We see them at this truly remarkable moment, when many eyes are upon them, and when one would think that it might be dawning on them that the results of their many bad decisions are leading to an inevitable downfall, yet they persist in acting as though nothing is wrong. Business as usual? I don't think so.
We want honest, fiscally responsible individuals who are genuinely interested in education and the future of our community, as well as the future of the larger society to which we belong.
I can't begin to fathom why this inept bunch are still where they are, except that they are without shame and will not depart until every legal aspect must be brought to bear. While the public might not want to stomach the ordeal, we don't seem to have much choice if we want to reclaim our educational system.
A quick search for Grand Canyon University revealed the following disturbing, although completely expected, information:
It was alleged in the federal civil complaint filed against GCU that GCU (1) “knowingly made false statements to get a false or fraudulent claim paid,” and (2) “knowingly submitted false records to get a false or fraudulent claim paid.”
GCU settled out for $5.2 million."
Further information can be found here: http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2010/08/18/20100818biz-grandcanyon0819.html?nclick_check=1
188 BBB complaints http://www.bbb.org/phoenix/Business-Reviews/schools-academic-colleges-and-universities/grand-canyon-university-in-phoenix-az-34001345/complaints/
The accreditation agency, Higher Learning Commission, is under review by the US Dept. of Ed for accrediting shady online programs. http://chronicle.com/article/Inspector-Generals-Warning-to/63206/
Individuals involved in student loan fraud tied to GCU http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120221/PC1602/302219991
I found all of this in under 15 minutes.
Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Ed Bedford 4 p.m., Dec. 9
Dorian Hargrove 2:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 9
Matt Potter 12:30 p.m., Dec. 9
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