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California community colleges cancel online deal with Kaplan University

California’s community colleges have dropped a controversial plan that would have allowed their students to take some courses at the online Kaplan University and make it easier to transfer to that for-profit school for a bachelor’s degree.

Statewide community college officials said they were canceling a 2009 agreement with Kaplan because the University of California and Cal State systems had not agreed to accept Kaplan courses for transfer credits.  Without these transfer agreements, the plan could harm students and the community colleges, they said.

Kaplan officials did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

The plan was intended in part to offer students at the state’s 112 community colleges a way to take courses that might have been canceled or overcrowded because of state budget cuts.  But some faculty were upset about getting entangled with a proprietary school. Even with a discount, Kaplan was to charge $646 for a three-credit class, compared with $78 at a community college.

Jane Patton, an instructor at Mission College in Santa Clara and president of the community colleges' statewide Academic Senate, released a statement praising the cancellation.  “We have been concerned about potential negative effects on students, particularly the fact that Kaplan courses could not later be carried with them to other universities,” she said.

-- Larry Gordon

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I am very happy California Community College System (CCCS) has finally canceled the deal with Kaplan. For-profit companies should never be allowed to profit from weakened a community service.

Kaplan took advantage of folks who had already been hurt by the budget cuts. They along with other for-profit colleges have a long reputation of students graduating only to find themselves empty-handed, unskilled, and unable to pay back their student loans (which is mostly government money --- taxpayer money ---). They are money vampires sucking on the neck of every American taxpayer who ultimately has to pay for the unpaid student loans. For-profit colleges are another Wall Street money-maker taking advantage of people who are trying to be good members of society and those who ultimately have to support them. GOOD RIDDANCE.

Online classes are extremely cheap to provide and CCCS already has the infrastructure to provide such a service. Now that they have seen the light with the rotten Kaplan deal, I have hope that CCCS will provide the service themselves. The community could use the profit money for more services and classes, which is a lot better than lining the pockets of Wall Street investors.

Although two good organisation providing learning and examinations to students no all public and private for profit deals work out. State and national college and universities should be protected from for profit organisations not matter no big and global the organisation. Kaplan I do no see with be hurt financially be the deal as they re a global operation. Learning is about gaining experience, knowledge and proof of achievement and not about net profit.

I'm glad they dropped the deal with Kaplan. I was never a fan of them anyway.


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