Everyone knows about the problems with Trump University. Trump
should just be glad that Trump U didn’t have a Division I NCAA
football team, or else he might well have Title IX complaints to
go with the class action civil suit.
But did you know that Bill Clinton was a university chancellor?
I didn’t either. There he is, over to the left. Moreover, he was
paid $16 million by Laureate International Universities to be
their “honorary” chancellor. Just think how much Slick Willie
could have pulled down if he’d been a real chancellor. Just what
is Laureate International University? It’s the parent company of
Walden University, a mostly online, for-profit diploma mill that
is facing the same kind of civil suits and fraud allegations as
Trump University. Funny how the media seems to be uninterested
in this story.
Jonathan Turley reports:
Laureate Education has been sued over such programs as its
Walden University Online offering, which many have alleged is a
scam designed to bilk students of tens of thousands of dollars
for degrees. Students says that they were repeatedly delayed and
given added costs as they tried to secure degrees, leaving them
deeply in debt.
The respected Inside Higher Education reported that Laureate
Education paid Bill Clinton an obscene $16.5 million between
2010 and 2014 to serve as an honorary chancellor for Laureate
International Universities. While Bill Clinton worked as the
group’s pitchman, the State Department funneled $55 million to
Laureate when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. That would
seem a pretty major story but virtually no mainstream media
outlet has reported it while running hundreds of stories on the
Trump University scandal.
There was even a class action — like the Trump University
scandal. Travis et al v. Walden University LLC, was filed in
U.S. District Court in the District of Maryland but dismissed in
2015. It is not clear why it was dismissed. However, the size of
the contract to Clinton, the payment from State and the
widespread complaints over alleged fraud should warrant a
modicum of attention to the controversy. The controversy has
many of the familiar complaints over fraudulent online programs
that take advantage of hard working people.
Some of the disgruntled students have made claim about high
pressure sales tactics and poor quality instruction that sound
exactly like the complainants against Trump U.