If you are considering the University of Phoenix in your future plans, I am here to give fair warning before you make a mistake that will affect the rest of your life. This is what I discovered about the University of Phoenix (UoPX).
UoPX is a for-profit institution of higher learning. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc. which is publicly traded (NASDAQ: APOL), an S&P 500 corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2010, UoPX came under government scrutiny after its Phoenix and Philadelphia campuses were found to have been engaging in deceptive enrollment practices and fraudulent solicitation of FAFSA funds. In 2009, the University of Phoenix settled a lawsuit brought on by two whistle blowers assisted by the federal government. The company settled for $78.5 million dollars, including $11 million in lawyer fees due to allegations of unethical/fraudulent recruitment practices. Check this website for the whole story: http://dailycensored.com/2009/12/18/university-of-phoenix-settles-fraud-complaint-for-78-5-million/.
In 2004, the Department of Education alleged UoPX had violated the Higher Education Act which prohibits offering financial incentives to admission representatives.
According to an article in the NY Times 2007; the Department of Education reported UoPX had an overall graduation rate of 16% and a 4% rate for its online programs. Compared to other universities, the national average was 55%.
I highly recommend you also visit this website: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/education/phoenix.html#ixzz0ZtLg8sOh. There must be hundreds of complaints posted in just 2011 alone.
Lastly, here are a couple quotes from http://www.ripoffreport.com/colleges-and-universities/university-of-phoeni/university-of-phoenix-huge-rip-63f46.htm Report: #212046:
"Before I took my first class at UOP, I called University of Arizona and asked if UOP credit would transfer. The lady almost laughed in my ear and said, ''no, definitely not'' (this was several years ago)."
"CAN'T GET A JOB WITH UOP DIPLOMA? I can't believe some guy was trying to get a job in finance on a UOP diploma."
"You know something's wrong when UOP staff can't even tell you whether or not UOP credit will transfer to MAJOR universities IN THE SAME METRO AREA! That should have red lights and sirens going off in your heads people!!"
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