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Justice Dept. Opens Investigation of Online Program at Tiffin U. ~ Chronicle of Higher Education

Justice Dept. Opens Investigation of Online Program at Tiffin U. ~ Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Goldie Blumenstyk


"A civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Tiffin University and Altius Education Inc. to determine if Ivy Bridge College—an online college they ran under a joint venture—violated federal student-aid rules.


"News of the investigation comes just weeks after Tiffin's accreditor ordered the university to halt new enrollments at Ivy Bridge, an associate-degree program designed to serve working adults that has been recognized as an innovative model by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations. More than 90 percent of the program's students received Pell Grants.


"The accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, has also ordered Tiffin to sever its ties with Altius by September 30."
 

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Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed

Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Fain

 

"The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.  

 

"A growing number of colleges are teaming up with outside firms to ramp up their online offerings. Those unaccredited partners include companies like Academic Partnerships, 2U, Udacity, Coursera and Altius Education, which jointly managed Ivy Bridge.

 

"It’s up to accrediting agencies to decide where to draw the line on the outsourcing of parts of academic programs. Ivy Bridge apparently went too far, at least according to standards set by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools."



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/05/tiffin-u-drops-ivy-bridge-college-partnership-altius-over-accreditors-concerns#ixzz2cMxORW3v ;
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As Inside Higher Ed indicates, this could be a precedent-setting move by an accrediting agency, and greatly impact the privatization of online higher education.

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