Asking Ellen to Stop Promoting U of Phoenix

ACADEME BLOG

Here is the text of a petition posted on MoveOn.org:

“We’re big fans of Ellen DeGeneres and her fights for progressive values, which is why we couldn’t believe she’s partnering with the Apollo Group’s The University of Phoenix- one of the most notorious of the predatory “for-profit” colleges.

“She announced her partnership in the “Rise to Dream” contest, where 10 “lucky” entrants will win a $25,000 scholarship to University of Phoenix. Ellen promoted this on her show and on her social media platforms, giving Phoenix free promotion, despite its terrible track record for students and its contribution to the $1.3 trillion student debt crisis.

“Ellen, please drop your partnership with The University of Phoenix immediately.

PETITION BACKGROUND

“Figures from ForProfitU.org report that only 13% of those who enrolled in the for-profit University of Phoenix had received their bachelor’s degree as of 2012. Phoenix’s parent company Apollo Group received over…

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