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So it has come to this: Private equity will buy Apollo Education, the parent of the University of Phoenix. It is "a move," the Wall Street Journal reports, "that would take the beleaguered company out of the eye of public investors." Read more» 1

Officials at Apollo Education Group, which operates University of Phoenix, said that if the federal government really wants to help students make informed decision it will apply new regulations to all colleges, not just for-profits.

For-profit universities in Arizona said a federal proposal that would force them to report average student debt levels, loan default rates and other "key outcomes" are unfair and may be based on flawed data. Schools that fall short could lose their access to federal student aid. Read more»

Who is funding Team ACA, the secretive nonprofit that has supplemented Arizona’s economic development agency with private money? The answer has proven elusive. Read more»

Phoenix sure doesn't have enough surface parking lots. And the loss of physical history is an insidious force, a civic carcinogen. Read more»

U.S. Department of Education officials said one reason for the unusually high student loan default rate in Arizona could be the presence of for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix.

Arizona had the nation’s highest number of people in default on their federal student loans in fiscal 2009, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more» 1

New federal measures to rein in certain recruitment practices are scheduled to take effect this summer, but it may be difficult for some schools to change their long-standing sales culture. Inset: Brian Mueller, CEO of Grand Canyon University, said the school would make changes to comply with new regulations on student recruitment.

When Ryan Richardson took a job as a recruiter at Grand Canyon University last summer, he was no novice to the business of for-profit colleges. But within daysl he had a growing sense of disillusionment at the techniques the university was using to recruit students. Read more»

For-profit universities collected about $640 million from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill in its first year. The boost to for-profits came at a time when the sector was subject to criticism for poor results and for leaving many students with unmanageable debts. Read more»

Fast-growing for-profit colleges, under fire for saddling students with unmanageable debt, are rolling out new policies aimed at raising graduation rates while also hoping a Republican-controlled House will block unfavorable legislation. Read more» 1