Center for Excellence in Higher Education
|Motto||Helping Donors Transform Higher Education Through Effective Philanthropy|
|Headquarters||8520 Allison Pointe Blvd, Suite 220|
|Frederic J. Fransen|
The Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) is an Indiana-based nonprofit organization that owns and manages CollegeAmerica and Stevens-Henager College. Although its eleven campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the entire system was placed on probation in September 2018 because "the inputs, resources, and processes of CEHE schools are designed and implemented in a manner that is not designed for student success."
The center supports free-market ideas in higher education. Its stated purpose is "to educate the public about the state of higher education in America and help donors promote excellence in higher education through philanthropy". CEHE has as an area of particular focus the problem of ensuring that gifts to universities and colleges are used in ways that are in accordance with the intent of the donors. It also supports efforts directed at the structural reform of higher education. It received its initial funding from the Marcus Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the John William Pope Foundation.
Debbi Potts, a former employee of CollegeAmerica's Cheyenne, Wyoming, campus, resigned in 2012. She reported several alleged violations of the accreditation standards to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the accrediting agency for CollegeAmerica. The center denied the charges and sued Potts under a non-disparagement clause of her employment contract.
The Internal Revenue Service approved the center's designation as a charity, but in August 2016 the U.S. Department of Education refused to recognize the center's nonprofit status for the purposes of receiving federal grants and loans. The Department of Education argued that the deal was an effort to circumvent stricter government regulation. The center filed a suit in federal court accusing the department of following a political agenda.
- [Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges]] (September 6, 2018). "System-Wide Review Probation Order" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2018.
- Kreighbaum, Andrew (September 11, 2018). "Probation for For-Profit College Chain". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
- Cohen, Patricia (May 7, 2016). "An Ayn Rand Acolyte Selling Students a Self-Made Dream". The New York Times.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- College Rebuked Today By Education Dept. Is Suing Ex-Employee Who Complained to Accreditor, by David Halperin, Huffington Post, Aug 11, 2016
- College Group Sues U.S., Saying It’s Target of Political Agenda, By Patricia Cohen, New York Times, August 30, 2016
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