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A chain of 38 Kaplan College campuses operating throughout the United States is being sold by its owner to Education Corporation of America, an Alabama-based operator of private colleges, according to a news report

Education Corporation of America operates 34 campuses primarily in the Southeast, meaning that the acquisition of the Kaplan colleges would more than double the company's presence around the United States.

More than 12, 500 students are currently enrolled in Kaplan colleges, according to the report.

Kaplan University, a separate school, is not part of the transaction.
 
 
Kaplan Education Services — the for-profit company that operates Kaplan University and Kaplan College campuses across the country — has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit raising allegations of unqualified instructors in Texas.  The lawsuit, initiated by whistleblower Leslie Powell, prompted a federal investigation into allegations of unqualified instructors leading medical assistant courses at the company's San Antonio campus.   The San Antonio Express News reported that the "lawsuit alleged that Kaplan knowingly requested, received, and retained federal tuition funds for courses taught by individuals who did not meet the minimum requirements established by Texas law. Following the federal investigation, the parties negotiated a settlement. The majority — roughly $1.07 million - will be paid in the form of tuition refunds. The refunds will benefit 289 students, whose student loan debt will decrease as a result of the settlement, Durbin said. The whistleblower also will receive a portion for bringing the allegations to light." 
Complaints about unqualified instructors are common in the for-profit school industry in which students often are charged tens of thousands of dollars for career training programs.  If you have concerns about the qualifications of instructors at a for-profit school, you may share them here.
 
 
A recent Washington Post editorial railed against the Obama Administration's proposed federal rules that would tighten standards for colleges' eligibility for federal student aid, arguing that the "likeliest effect" of the rule change would be making "it more difficult for poor Americans to earn a secondary degree."  But, as recently noted in the Huffington Post, the major newspaper failed to mention in its editorial that its own publisher is heavily involved in the for-profit college industry that is actively opposing the rule changes.  Katherine Weymouth, the newspaper's publisher, serves on the board of directors of Graham Holdings, which owns Kaplan, Inc., the company that runs Kaplan University, one of the nation's largest for-profit colleges.  Graham Holdings also has a stake in another large for-profit education company, Corinthian Colleges, according to the Huffington Post.