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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) announced this month that it has put Chula Vista's United States University on probation. Rancho Santa Fe's Michael Clifford, who buys for-profit educational institutions, purchased it in 2009 when it had a different name. Clifford no longer seems to be involved in the school. While on probation, no new site or degree programs can be initiated by the institution, says WASC, whose accrediting commission found U.S. University out of compliance in a number of areas including the ensuring of educational objectives and creating an organization committed to learning and improvement.

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Visduh July 13, 2013 @ 9:25 a.m.

The pattern that develops is that WASC warns these schools that they might lose their accreditation, and they do just enough to clear the bar on the next try, or the try after that. When WASC actually pulls the accreditation from some school, I'll believe that it is more than a toothless tiger. WASC is supposed to make all the schools seek excellence, not just some sort of minimum level of performance. The schools can fill their files with documents and correspondence that "prove" that they are doing the many things WASC wants, while actually doing far less. It is odd that real schools take those WASC reviews, which come every five years for high schools, quite seriously, and jump through hoops to look good. Of course, most of them are attempting to come across as good as possible, far beyond the minimum standards.

So, we have now seen Ashford get approval, when it was a scandal. This one is also a scandal, but you can bet that in the near future it will either fold, or do just enough to satisfy WASC. I'd predict the latter.

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Don Bauder July 13, 2013 @ noon

Visduh: Good points. The accreditation bodies are notoriously lax. Look at the Bridgepoint situation. Accreditors know that there is a heavy short position in the stock. They also know that the company has solid earnings and a great balance sheet. So they know the stock will leap if accreditation is given. They also know -- or should know -- that from an educational perspective, Bridgepoint is a disgrace, as the study by the U.S. Senate committee showed decisively. But which path will the accreditation team choose? (U.S. University stock is not traded.) Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 July 13, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m.

They also know -- or should know -- that from an educational perspective, Bridgepoint is a disgrace, as the study by the U.S. Senate committee showed decisively

It's ALL about the money-the Congress takes HUGE sums from these big companies, and they in turn allow them to wreck our country.......................

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Don Bauder July 13, 2013 @ 9:46 p.m.

SurfPup: Of course it is all about the money. You know that, SurfPup. Best, Don Bauder

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