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Jonathan Turley on the Laureate International Universities Scam

Laureate International Universities is a dubious for-profit higher ed business that relies on luring students into its online courses, then squeezing additional money from them if they want their degrees. The Obama administration has been all over other for-profits for their questionable if not fraudulent practices, but not Laureate, Could that be because Bill Clinton served as its “honorary chancellor” between 2010 and 2014, for which he was paid the amazing sum of $16.5 million? Could it be because the State Department during that same period of time funneled $55 million into its coffers? (One Hillary Clinton was at the time Secretary of State, coincidentally.) And why was a class action against Laureate’s Walden University dismissed by a federal court in Maryland last year?

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley raises a lot of sharp questions about the Clinton-Laureate connection in this piece.

There is a lot to dig into here. The mainstream media certainly won’t be interested.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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