U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) met with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week to discuss efforts to protect students and graduates of Corinthian Colleges Inc. Madigan was in Washington, D.C., to testify at a Senate HELP Committee hearing on “The Role of States in Higher Education.”
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) praised the Illinois Board of Higher Education ordering Corinthian Colleges — owner of six Everest College campuses in Illinois — to immediately stop sales, advertising, marketing and enrollment activities in Illinois.
The closest Everest campus to the Metro East is in Earth City, Mo.
Durbin has been warning Illinois students and calling for an end to enrollments since the Department of Education increased scrutiny of Corinthian Colleges Inc. on June 20 after the company failed to provide required data about its practices, including falsifying job placement data used in marketing claims to prospective students and allegations of altered grades and attendance.
“It is disgraceful that Everest Colleges in Illinois have been allowed to continue enrolling students for the last month, but today’s decision will finally put an end to that,” Durbin said. “The state of Illinois has acted decisively and I encourage Corinthian to fully comply. If not, I am confident Attorney General Lisa Madigan will do everything in her power to see that this order is fully enforced. I hope other states will follow suit. All Everest College students should immediately be made aware of the company’s intent to sell their campuses in Illinois and their financial options whether they choose to continue their education or not.”
Durbin met with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week to discuss efforts to protect students and graduates of Corinthian Colleges Inc. Madigan was in Washington, D.C., to testify at a Senate HELP Committee hearing on “The Role of States in Higher Education.”
After failing to provide required data to the Department of Education, Corinthian Colleges Inc. agreed to sell or close its campuses across the country. This places the company’s 70,000 current students at risk but also presents the opportunity to find better educational opportunities for these students. The for-profit college is under investigation by 20 states, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
On June 26, Durbin joined 11 U.S. senators in calling on the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to protect students while continuing to hold Corinthian Colleges Inc. accountable, including immediately prohibiting them from enrolling any new students. In addition, the senators asked the Department of Education to answer a series of questions related to the protection of students and taxpayer funding.
In response to a Dec. 16 investigation in the Huffington Post, Durbin sent a letter to the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, asking him to investigate Corinthian Colleges Inc. and their manipulative marketing practices, which included a subsidy program for employers to hire graduates temporarily and outright lying by the company through their advertisement of numbers substantially higher than actual job placement rates.
After that letter, the department requested information from Corinthian related to their job placement rates, information they have yet to provide, and denied the company’s new program applications. Durbin also called on the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges — Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s accreditor — to take action.