ITT Educational Services, which has campuses in Aurora and Westminster, has stopped enrolling new students, according to a notice posted on the website for the chain of for-profit colleges. Last week, the U. Department officials announced the action on Thursday amid a series of measures that could threaten the survival of the chain, which has been the subject of state and federal investigations focusing on its recruiting and ing practices.
Company officials did not immediately comment. This month, a group that accredits ITT found that the chain failed to meet several basic standards and was unlikely to comply in the future.
One of the biggest for-profit chains in the nation, ITT has been under increasing scrutiny from the education department following allegations of misconduct. The Massachusetts attorney general sued the company in April, alleging that it misled students about the quality of its programs.
The federal government had ly sued the chain, saying that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default. Under President Barack Obama, the Education Department has led a crackdown on for-profit colleges that have misled students or failed to deliver the they promised.
Inthe department cut off federal aid to the Corinthian Colleges chain amid allegations of fraud, leading it to close or sell all of its schools. By The Associated Press.
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