Around the industry: Kaplan settles unqualified instructor lawsuit for $1.3 million

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  • Illinois: Loyola University Chicago is planning to launch its own two-year college for low-income residents of the city. Loyola's president, Rev. Michael Garanzini, says he envisions about 400 students attending the school and graduating debt-free. Arrupe College is slated to open next fall, but officials are revealing little information about it until receiving accreditation. Garanzini explains that the school is part of his long-term plan to improve social justice disparities and college graduation rates in the community (Strahler, Crain's Chicago Business, 1/3).
  • Kentucky: The University of Pikeville announced that it will make video gaming an official campus sport and begin offering scholarships this fall to players of one game, "League of Legends." Bruce Parsons, the school's new media director, says that, like many sports, the game "takes practice, skill, and a lot of teamwork." Parsons also explains that the team will be run like an athletics team, requiring students to maintain a minimum GPA and participate in regular practice sessions (Associated Press/USA Today College, 1/6).
  • Texas: For-profit Kaplan College will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the school used unqualified instructors to teach two medical assistant courses at two campuses in San Antonio. Because many of Kaplan's students receive federal financial aid, the school's instructors are required to meet certain requirements—which accusers say they did not do. The payment will be used to refund students taught by the instructors between 2008 and 2013. Despite settling, Kaplan officials maintain that the allegations are untrue (Aldridge, San Antonio Business Journal, 1/5).

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