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John Kline - The Student Loan Watchdog Enigma

Category: John Kline
Posted: 03/25/15 21:30

by Dave Mindeman

John Kline is a busy guy. He is out there fighting for students. "Helping out" on student loans. Making things better for Native American education.

The increase in funding ($60 million) for Indian schools is interesting to note. It is certainly needed....

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe Reservation in northwestern Minnesota... is emblematic of problems in Indian schools across the nation. The school's list of grievances include a rodent infestation and a roof that caves during heavy snowfalls.

It is worth noting that the "Bug" school, as it has been nicknamed, has gotten a lot of publicity lately, and Rep. Betty McCollum has cited its problems in Congressional hearings.

I guess it's Kline to the rescue?

Funny, these problems in the Indian Schools are not a new phenomena....and Kline has certainly had many opportunities in the past to fix this problem. But is it possible that he is feeling a little bit more heat this time around....going into a Presidential election year and a growing list of challengers?

But another noteworthy Kline action caught my attention.

Kline, the student debt enigma....the For-Profit College protector.....the student loan rate raiser....has called out President Obama for talking about taxation on 529 plans.

The reason behind Kline's recent editorial spiel was President Obama's misguided idea to tax 529 college savings plans. Although the president swiftly abandoned the initiative, Kline, the self-proclaimed pork-cutting conservative, was inspired to pen the letter calling out his political foe.

For the record, 529 plans have become a dream for the 1% in that they are a means of tax exempting huge amounts of the earnings in these plans for the wealthy. A program which was meant to help the average person save ahead for college tuition and not have to pay tax on the earned money in the program if used for college..... has become another 1% tax shelter.

You can set up as many 529 plans as you wish and you can contribute the amount that is needed to cover cost of an education -- which could be Harvard? MIT? etc. The earnings in the plan are tax free if used for educational purposes - a broadly expanding definition is involved. And the beneficiary can be changed without affecting the plan. A plan that has ongoing earnings can offer tax free education for a wealthy family forever.

Meanwhile the rest of us struggle with massive student debt - which John Kline has contributed to by allowing For-Profit colleges to use deceptive recruiting practices and by setting Federal student loan rates via a marker that has increased the rate this year and looks like it will increase it again next year.

Yes, Kline is likely to market himself as a watchdog for college students. Sadly, Kline the watchdog is just looking out the money guys.
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Globe University Wants a Retraction

Category: John Kline
Posted: 02/06/15 22:14, Edited: 02/06/15 22:17

by Dave Mindeman

When you write a small blog like this, you, at times, wonder if anybody is reading it. You can get a general feel of how many people visit the site, but who is actually reading it, is still a bit of a mystery.

Well, I did find out one thing. The Globe University Media Department read this post - Globe U Ends Scam Justice Program - Kline Is Silent....and apparently are not fans.

I know this because I got this e-mail from them today....

From: Naomi McDonald
Director of Communication
Globe Education Network

Please see attached and make the necessary corrections to your story regarding the Globe University and Minnesota School of Business criminal justice program.

Thank you,


Here is the attatchment that she sent:

Date: February 6, 2015
Statement from Globe University-Minnesota School of Business
Re: Enrollment Discontinuation of Criminal Justice Program

On January 7, 2015, Globe University and Minnesota School of Business formally ceased enrolling new students in the Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs at all residential campuses in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2015, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published the story "Twin Cities business schools halt enrollment for controversial criminal justice program," which inaccurately reported our colleges cancelled the criminal justice degree programs. Several updates have been made to the inaccurate report; the latest under the erroneous headline
"Globe University, Minnesota School of Business close programs and strand students."

The Globe University and Minnesota School of Business criminal justice programs are not and have never been cancelled. To cease enrollment means we will no longer offer the program to new students at this time. It does not mean we are ceasing course offerings or support to current students. The decision to cease enrollment of new students does not
impact students currently enrolled in our criminal justice associate and bachelor's degree programs. We remain committed to providing our criminal justice students with top-tier education and support through graduation.

The Star Tribune's article also infers that the decision was made due to "increasing scrutiny since Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit accusing them of using high-pressure sales tactics to mislead students about their job prospects after graduation." This is inaccurate. As a career college, we are committed to offering degree programs that align with student and employer demand. We continuously evaluate our degree programs based on enrollment, retention, and placement of our students and graduates. In this case, we determined we would not be able to continue to provide the same level of student experience in the criminal justice degree program due to waning prospective student interest.

We are committed to the success of our current criminal justice students and will continue to support these students as they work toward completion of their degree, and ultimately join the state's workforce. It is unfortunate the state's most prominent newspaper would publish a report without the proper facts.

Obviously, Globe's Media People are really after the Star Tribune story,(Click Here) but since I referenced it in my blog post, I guess they thought they might as well hit me with it too.

So, should there be a retraction?


There might be a "technical" correction. Technically, the Criminal Justice Programs are not "shut down" completely. Current students are allowed to continue. They will not be accepting new students because after the current students are finished, there will be no Criminal Justice Program. So, yes it is "shut down" for the future.

But what are the current program's students supposed to do? They continue to pay tuition for a program that has no future, has no recognition from state law enforcement, and most likely will have no job prospects. How is that a good thing?

Yes, the program is not cancelled....but maybe it should be....and give those current students tuition credit to move to a different program...now.

Globe also does not like the references made to Attorney General Lori Swanson's scrutiny of the University. Globe seems to be insinuating that this has had no effect on their decision making process - "This is inaccurate" - is the way they put it.

But seriously, it wasn't considered? I mean here is a program that has no future - Attorney General scrutiny; DOD scrutiny; negative media publicity. I mean, really, who are they kidding?

Media relations people often test the bounds of credulity when they question a story that puts them in a bad light. They will pounce on a word here or there, but it is hard to deny the factual impact of what happened with the Globe Criminal Justice Program. It preyed upon vulnerable veterans...convincing them that their program would give them a job in law enforcement and happily took their GI Bill money to pay for it.

Hey, Globe. As long as you're listening, how about sending your buddy, John Kline, a note and have him contact me with some retraction requests. I'd love to talk to him about how he gets all those campaign contributions from you and supposedly looks out for veterans.

We could have a nice talk.
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Globe U. Ends Scam Criminal Justice Program - Kline Is Silent

Category: John Kline
Posted: 02/03/15 22:08, Edited: 02/03/15 22:09

by Dave Mindeman

Globe University and its sister institution Minnesota School of Business abruptly shut down their criminal justice program. For years they have been recruiting students (many of them veterans) implying that they will move them into law enforcement jobs upon graduation. But that was a false premise....

Minnesota's law enforcement licensing board does not recognize Globe and MSB's criminal justice program accreditation, meaning their degrees, which can cost upward of $40,000, are virtually meaningless for jobs at most state law enforcement agencies. Critics have charged that the schools do not make that clear to prospective students.

Many veterans used their GI Bill money to enroll in these programs, only to be left high and dry with a useless certificate and their money wasted.

Globe University, a for-profit institution, has utilized this false pretext to garner huge sums of government money with no accountability.

One way this could have been lessened would have been to force these for-profit schools to make GI Bill loans part of the 90/10 rule which forces these for-profit schools to count Veteran enrollment/GI Bill money as part of the 90% maximum they can take from governmental funds. (Currently this money is exempt.) This wouldn't end their charlatan recruiting practices but it could lessen the number of students that would be affected.

That 90/10 rule expansion has been blocked by a key individual in the Education and Workforce Committee - our very own Congressman John Kline.

The pressure on Globe's criminal justice program has been building as the State Attorney General, Lori Swanson, has begun investigations. And Globe has obviously decided that this lucrative scam has become too volatile to continue.

And in addition there is this....

In October, the Department of Defense placed Globe and the Minnesota School of Business on probation, meaning the schools could no longer accept some federal military educational benefits.

John Kline is a military veteran. He chairs a committee that deals with education issues. Why don't we hear from Kline in regard to this issue? Why isn't Kline, the "pork buster" concerned about the waste of government money being defaulted paying for worthless programs?

I'm sure we will get the usual Kline response - silence..... while he counts the Globe University's campaign money that bolsters his coffers.

Scam money given to a scam Congressman.
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