Thread regarding Education Management Corporation layoffs

Wow.

https://www.republicreport.org/2018/inside-a-for-profit-college-conversion-lucrative-ties-troubling-actions/

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf

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UPDATE: Ai have changed their accreditation page to remove the false statements that IL & CO campuses "remain accredited." But the school catalogues online still have the false statements, as PPG noted today. https://www.republicreport.org/2018/inside-a-for-profit-college-conversion-lucrative-ties-troubling-actions/

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-yblj

Wow indeed. Who on earth wrote that memo for Brent? The article is not "politically motivated."

"Let us know how you're feeling"?? Get a clue. Maybe Brent should apologize for the crap he said on that conference call.

Keep on keepin' on, Halperin.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-mkil

You did a wonderful job David! Thanks for that article because we would have never known otherwise. It’s ashamed that they keep justifying how what is happening is ok especially using federal funds!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-mdqb

David you're hitting Camden levels here. Justify your crusade however you want but you do have a political agenda. It's on your about page and in your resume. Be a equal opportunity ace grinder and she's some light on higher ed as a whole. The issues you talk about aren't DCEH centered. All colleges are about keeping the federal money train going. Do some real good and look bigger than a failing former for-profit giant. Maybe start with your alma mater.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-mlxa

Brent Richardson emailed DCEH staff last Friday morning, saying my articles appear to be “politically motivated,” but acknowledging that he “held a prior equity stake in Woz U before the change in ownership between EDMC and DCEH. Currently, I serve on the senior management team at Woz U and in an advisory capacity at SCI.” Posted: https://www.republicreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/DCEH-6-1-18.pdf

To: @TcJiDSf-gfbw:

  1. My sources are all actual DCEH, Woz U, and SCI employees who reached out to me out of concern about what is happening at their institutions. I have verified their identities, their accounts reinforce each other, and I stand behind their allegations with my own name. Your anonymous repetitions that my sources are fake are defamatory, so why don't you reveal your identity publicly or to me (email to [email protected]) and we can discuss?

  2. Sorry, but writing blog posts about accountability in career education is not a big money maker. I have 30 years of experience in law, policy, communications, non-profits, for-profits, and government; I could make more money using the time for other work. I write about these issues for one reason: to try aiding students and taxpayers by directing federal aid to affordable career education programs that help students train for careers, and away from programs that leave students with poor outcomes and / or overwhelming debt. This is a goal I share with many people, including many conscientious, hard-working DCEH employees.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-ljer

Hi, Smurfy! Nice weak shot at Halperin!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-klaf

More fake news from David. An admissions manager that was there pre-2012 at an AI and survived all the cuts? Come on man at least try a bit. Not to mention all schools attempt to have a student enroll during their first interview/visit. Let's not act like other schools tell students to go home and think it over. If any school can gain an enrollment on the spot they do. (Source: I worked admissions for a state school and if you had a GPA of 2.5 or above you went on the campus tour and then you signed up) there wasn't any directive to let a student go home and think about it because then they would go somewhere else.

Additionally it is very odd that David demonizes an attempt for a university to grow and further demonizes the forgotten pieces of society for pursuing an education.

Like his last piece he's trying to create controversy through made up sources to further his own monetary gain. Bravo for the propaganda piece David I hope it garners you yet another six figure speaking engagement.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-gfbw

More https://www.republicreport.org/2018/devos-dystopia-more-art-institutes-and-woz-u-staff-speak/

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-frrw

https://www.thelayoff.com/dceh

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&dceh

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-6kms

Good post @4szt

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-6nlu

What does this mean?

You should have figured with Michael Clifford being involved, that it would be a scam. Now it's the non-profit scam and their subprime colleges. DCEH isn't the only player. Purdue University and Kaplan is another scam. And Bridgepoint is trying to pull of the same non-profit, tax avoidance strategy. Same sh*t, different bottle.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-6llu

Cam I like it when you get angry!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-6dhw

5ngf—-

People like you make it easy.....der?

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-5txp

I'm so glad to see David back and writing novel-length articles about how awful this place is! David, you're going to get a ton of juicy morsels soon.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-5ngf

@3dxv = pure propaganda - beware!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-5aoc

You should have figured with Michael Clifford being involved, that it would be a scam. Now it's the non-profit scam and their subprime colleges. DCEH isn't the only player. Purdue University and Kaplan is another scam. And Bridgepoint is trying to pull of the same non-profit, tax avoidance strategy. Same sh*t, different bottle.

We knew the EDMC / Goldman-Sachs era problems would continue during one particular all-staff meeting in which our (then) so-called President gleefully announced that the transition from EDMC to DCEH would be a simple matter of "lift-shift-drop." In other words, despite new ownership the same incompetent, arrogant, disconnected self-serving bureaucrats that previously drove EDMC straight into the ground would remain. In one notable case, would be promoted to top of the Art Institute pyramid.

And if we weren't "as excited about it as he was" (this alleged President continued), perhaps we "shouldn't move forward with the company." Ironically, this same so-called President resigned immediately following the "transition," pocketing his bleed-the-campus-dry bonus and scurrying away.

For the past few months, following the "successful transition" from EDMC to DCEH there had been much conversation in our halls of hope, optimism, and a change in fortune that would enable us to truly realize our great, enduring passion as teachers and learners. Perhaps, the talk went, we would finally have a voice and be allowed some ownership of future campus success.

The faculty and staff of this campus, as of others in the Art Institute system, stepped up during moments of great insecurity, anxiety, doubt and anger, setting aside their personal and professional fears to focus on delivering real value to our students. The classroom became our safe-place. We continued to build effective connections with students, plied our craft professionally, diligently and we passionately followed through on our commitment(s). Quarter after quarter students graduated with outstanding work to demonstrate and display at portfolio shows. Quarter after quarter our students would impress regional design firms with their own professional presentation, dispositions of success and maturity. We did our jobs. We held up our end of the agreement, which is to teach effectively and with great joy. For the faculty and staff on this campus, teaching and learning is a true ministry.

Here I recognize the face of authentic leadership.

Enduring years of challenge, characterized by repeated rounds of layoffs, re-organizations, vertical integration (and other such incomprehensible nonsense), resource depletion and continued, overbearing, patronizing arrogance from functional idiots (thankfully from a distance) our campus community is exhausted, demoralized and now, nearly without hope. There remains that last shred of hope - that somehow DCEH will "do the right thing." Build community. Encourage and support a culture of achievement and success. Wash away the toxicity of the past. Make a commitment to its faculty, staff, students by developing an "idea meritocracy" with "ruthless transparency." Behave in ways that leave no question as to integrity, honesty, compassion, and character.

Well, that ain't gonna happen.

The austerity leading up to "the transition" is better characterized as parasitism. The EDMC management ideology of bad communication, failed initiatives, lack of executive accountability driven by barely dull-witted sycophants responsible for heaping discourtesy upon disrespect onto the campus faculty and staff has been embraced, and exaggerated, by DCEH. They are an unwholesome cabal embracing secrets, deflections, distractions and lies. But, in their defense they do so believing they are actually being clever.

DCEH has proven so far that it is a shade darker than EDMC ever was (as if any of us thought it possible). The standard response of those who exploit shamelessly, lie compulsively. whose motive is to abstract all value from a worthy enterprise in order to convert it to profits and power and then get called on it by virtue of well-developed, connective and independently supported facts, is to deny. To yell "fake news." To act the misunderstood victim. To attempt to create doubt in assertions and facts where there is no doubt. It is a well-established pattern. Only idiots and thieves embrace it.

We can see you for what you are. Empty hypocrites. Bobble-headed sycophants. Blustering fools.

The "emperor has no clothes."

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-4szt

giggle

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-4roc

These latest posts sound a bit like sleazy public relations operatives who get hired to attack when a company is in trouble, but who knows. What I do know is that they are making false accusations about me. My blog is non-profit, and I make no money from clicks. My work on higher education is part-time, and it is supported by non-profit foundations that are concerned with the quality and affordability of higher education. I have every incentive to ensure my articles are accurate, and they are accurate. If you would like information about me, here: https://cyber.harvard.edu/node/91470

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3arz

You all sound like a bunch of 12 year olds now wonder why the school is going to %#!?

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3xhu

Love how Richardsons’ staff keep coming in saying “nuh uh!” Losers

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3kin

Hahahaha. Baseless accusations whereas the article provides actual links to actual sources. Shelly Murphy must be on the case.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3iwf

Name one factual thing David put in the article. It's a lot of noise over maybe and "looks fishy." It's propaganda to get money. There isn't a single thing in the article that shows a dishonest business practice just a lot of straw-man arguments and confirmation bias. I know journalism has sunk far but to abandon any ethics just to make money is the same thing he's trying to put in a bad light. Keep making up sources and quotes David.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3yzm

And where Camden can never clearly state or support an allegation, David provides sources for his piece. Nobody’s buying it, shill.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3mqx

Provide a single, credible example of a fabricated piece of Halperin’s story. Give one instance that can be proven to be false. One.

Go home, Brent, you’re a liar.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3jjk

No notifications to the students have not been sent out regarding HL. HLC has specifically stated that the school is supposed to tell the students. HLC need to be notified because it’s not right and managers over student services need to be fired. David keep publishing and standing for our students!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3mxw

@3wgc

Considering how EDMC and now DCEH have run fake schools from the get-go, I'm sure you are an unbiased purveyor of all things rapacious, fradulent and self-serving and positively know a scam when you see one.

Good try though.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3owk

David is clearing making up sources. Journalists do it all the time when there is a topic of conflict. More clicks/views = more money for them. Their editors can't even call them out because they just claim they're "protecting their sources." It's especially obvious when a blatant inflammatory statement is quoted that is designed to stir up the masses. It's another Camden Kid situation.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3wgc

"I feel like these 'sources' are made up or former employees that got the shaft recently and have sour grapes. The entire article is fluff without an ounce of factual evidence. It's all anecdotal garbage."

You "feel like" that? Sorry to hurt your feelings, but I do not make up employees, and the ones with whom I spoke are conscientious people who care about students. Since I published, more employees have reached out to me with new information. If you are looking for an ounce of factual evidence, you can, for example, compare the HLC statement that some Ai campuses are "not accredited" with the Ai statement that those schools "remain accredited."

If you or whoever is paying you have a response to this article of any substance I would appreciate hearing it. But what you write is, in your word, garbage.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3fxf

3vke - then you’re an idiot or a Richardson mouthpiece. Halperin’s article was meticulously sourced. Follow the links or do your own searches. Most of the information is easily available online and half of CS could corroborate. If you think the executives care about you, the students or the schools, then you’re a damned fool. If they’re not stopped, they’ll ruin our schools and take down DCF in the process.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3yjy

I feel like these "sources" are made up or former employees that got the shaft recently and have sour grapes. The entire article is fluff without an ounce of factual evidence. It's all anecdotal garbage.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-3vke

I wrote the article. I would be grateful for your reactions and critiques; any updates, corrections, or elaborations; or new information about DCEH: email [email protected]

Thanks.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-2qsg

WOW. This CEO should never show his face in PIttsburgh. He's an inarticulate mess. What an insult to all EDMC employees, past and present.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-2gpf

He was shocked—SHOCKED—to discover that programs and offerings are regulated? How could he not know that he can't just insert a new "college" into the system and not have it meet the requirements of state boards and accrediting bodies? I thought this guy had tons of experience.

Since Im ranting: Woz U? Really? They bought a behemoth education system and their "fix" is a little coding school? There are three others within a five minute walk of our campus.

Do they think they can turn around years of mediocre sales and management with "entrepreneur" centers in Career Services?

Then they announce on Friday that they want to "hear our ideas". . . on Tuesday. Do they not know that we have had "do not think for yourself" shoved down our throats for many years from CS, and that the folks who have survived the layoffs are all "yes" people who have survived BECAUSE they do not have original ideas.

Having said all that, I do hope they can make it work. I love that I make a whack of dough plus benefits for a ridiculously low time committment every week. God help me, I love Ai!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-2bpz

Nailed it, not informing the students at HLC schools is enough to get all of the accreditors to kick DCEH out. It's obvious their plan is to funnel the money out to Woz U....too bad they didn't realize the coding camp market is already at saturation levels and simply licensing Woz's name for a rebranded online program isn't going to be the hit they thought it was...let alone the massive liability it brings to all of the host campuses for opening their doors to the next Trump University.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-2htp

Anyone that survived all the years of layoffs and wasn't making the bloated salaries.... (presidents, senior director of admissions, cs managers) always knew that nothing was going to change.

The new leadership visits and send out emails up front and layoff hundreds and change nothing on the back end.

The article doesn't surprise me at all since I'm still working for EDMC but its just version 2.0

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-1arf

....and it’s only going to get better!

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-1gbj

When they announced the non profit there were all kinds of excitement around like "we're going to finally invest back into the institution". Here we are after a round of layoffs with barely any management left, same plans, and half of our resources gone. What did they think would happen when they let everyone go? Business as usual? It's such a mess

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-1hli

Their plan has always been to move everything to Phoenix. It’s only a matter of time.

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Post ID: @TcJiDSf-xol

Pittsburgh is where things go to die. Great, guess we're all gonna lose our jobs soon.

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