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AG: Daymar College Violated Consumer Protection Laws

by Rick Howlett on July 27, 2011

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed suit against Owensboro-based Daymar College, accusing it of deceptive marketing and misleading students about their education at the for-profit school.

Conway says Daymar officials took part in a scheme under which students were forced to purchase textbooks and supplies from the school at a higher price than charged by other vendors.

He says Daymar also gave students misleading information about the transfer of credits to other schools.

“We also make allegations that they failed to meet the standards of their own accrediting agency regarding faculty and training of faculty. We also allege that there are many students who don’t meet their own published standards on admission,” Conway said.

“We’ve discovered some stuff with regard to Daymar that’s very troubling. We’re seeking consumer protection penalties. Just in the instance of the books alone, we think we have 5,000 students we think may have been subjected to this. We have the ability to charge $2,000 per violation, so these are not insignificant consumer protection penalties we’re seeking.”

According to its website, Daymar has 11 campuses across Kentucky, including two in Louisville. It offers degrees in business administration, nursing, paralegal studies and other fields.

A Daymar spokesman said his company will deny the attorney general’s allegations in court. He said he couldn’t comment further because lawyers hadn’t yet fully reviewed the complaint.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

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In-Depth: Despite Investigations and Complaints, For-Profit Colleges Have Supporters in Frankfort

by Tony McVeigh June 13, 2011

Complaints about for-profit colleges in Kentucky continue to raise eyebrows in Frankfort. But the schools also have many legislative defenders. Currently there are 141 for-profit colleges in Kentucky, which are seeing significant growth. National enrollment in proprietary colleges is nearing two million students, compared to a half-million in 1998. The schools cater mostly to students […]

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For-Profit College Oversight Bill Clears House

by Tony McVeigh February 24, 2011

The Kentucky House Thursday said yes to legislation requiring greater oversight of for-profit colleges in the state. But it wasn’t a resounding yes.

The bill, sponsored by Louisville Representative Reginald Meeks, cleared the chamber 57-38.

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Conway Investigating For-Profit Colleges

by Tony McVeigh December 15, 2010

To date, Kentucky’s Office of Consumer Protection has issued subpoenas to seven for-profit colleges across the commonwealth. The office wants the schools to produce information on student loans, loan default rates, student recruitment, advertising claims, financial aid and the transferability of course credits.

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