Argosy UniversityÂ Lawsuit Could Result in Refunds to Students
Argosy is a for profit college specializing in higher learning that offers a variety of degrees in psychology, business, management, and other fields.
Students of the Argosy University in Dallas filed a Texas lawsuit in 2009 alleging they believed university recruiters inaccurately informed students that the school would soon receive accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The school had not completed accreditation process by the time the students graduated. At the time of the lawsuit, Argosy University Dallas had not applied for APA accreditation. According to a response from Argosy University’s parent company, EDMC, accreditation with the APA is not required for clinical psychology licensure in many jurisdictions, including Texas. Argosy officials rejected charges of fraud, noting that pursuit of APA accreditation for the Dallas campus was still underway. As of 2013, Argosy University in Dallas does not offer any degrees in clinical psychology and is not listed as part of the university’s College of Clinical Psychology. In December 2013, EDMC agreed to pay about $3.3 million as part of the lawsuit. The settlement did not require EDMC to admit liability. In 2015 Argosy’s parent company, EDMC agreed to forgive more than $100 million of student loan debt to settle claims it violated consumer protection laws.
In 2010, Argosy University was one of 15 schools named in a Government Accountability Office report. The report stated that recruiters at the school were found to have “made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements” when speaking with undercover applicants. The GAO later revised its report, with Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) saying the changes made “undermine many of the allegations” in the original report but the head of the GAO maintained that “Nothing changed with the overall message of the report, and nothing changed with any of our findings.”
The following year, Argosy University was investigated by the Florida Attorney General following eight consumer complaints. The school cooperated in the investigation.
Additionally, in May 2010, the PBS program Frontline aired a program about for-profit universities called “College, Inc.” which featured Argosy University among others.
In December 2013, EDMC agreed to pay $3.3 million in restitution and fines to settle charges with the Colorado Attorney General that Argosy University had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. Argosy led students to believe that the school was working to get its doctorate of education in counseling psychology degrees accredited by the American Psychological Association and that graduates would be eligible to be licensed psychologists in Colorado, but that was not the case.
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