What Happened To Ivy Bridge?
Career College Central summary:
Ivy Bridge College will cease to exist next month, just five years after Tiffin University and Altius Education created the online, two-year degree program. Tiffin, a small private institution in Ohio, appears ready to move on after deciding to drop Ivy Bridge over accreditation woes. But problems for Altius Education might continue: the San Francisco-based education company is now facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Paul Freedman, Altius’s founder and CEO, said the federal inquiry may be related to questions Ivy Bridge's accreditor raised about institutional control of the program. The "false claims" investigation likely revolves around students' access to federal financial aid.
Ivy Bridge’s demise has also contributed to an inquiry about another key Altius partnership. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a regional accreditor, recently contacted the president of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to ask about two new online degrees the private university began offering this summer with Altius.
To try to better tell his company’s side of the story, Freedman gave Inside Higher Ed many documents relating to Ivy Bridge’s accreditation. The documents can be viewed via the link below.
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