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."