WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Durbin sent a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter asking for an investigation into the tactics used by the University of Phoenix to recruit soldiers and veterans to become students.
The request by the Illinois Democrat, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, is based on a report published Tuesday by the Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit news organization.
Durbin called on the Pentagon to immediately bar the University of Phoenix from further access to service members “until the issues are resolved.”
Officials of the school said the report was biased and flawed.
“The University of Phoenix is organized in an amazing way to ensure that we are completely in compliance with all DOD (Department of Defense) directives and how they affect both our active duty personnel who are students and our veterans who are students,” said retired Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks, who heads the university’s College of Security and Criminal Justice.