SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson recently filed a lawsuit against two for-profit schools under common ownership for allegedly misrepresenting the transferability of their credits.
The Minnesota School of Business and Globe University allegedly misled students about the transferability of their criminal justice credits to other higher education institutions and misrepresented the job opportunities available to their graduates. Swanson alleged some students who enrolled at the schools were burdened with tens of thousands of dollars of debt without the ability to obtain jobs in their desired career fields.
“Going to college has long been a way for people to try to make a better life for themselves,” Swanson said. “The schools exploited this dream for some students, who are now saddled with debt.”
The for-profit schools offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice that cost $35,100 and $70,200, respectively. Minnesota School of Business and Globe University allegedly recommended their criminal justice programs to prospective students who wanted to become police officers, even though it is impossible for a student who graduates from the schools to become a Minnesota police officer without obtaining a degree from another certified institution.
“It isn’t right for students whose goal is to protect and defend the public as police officers to be sold a degree that doesn’t even allow them to become a police officer in Minnesota,” Swanson said.
Swanson’s lawsuit seeks civil penalties, injunctive relief and restitution.
The Minnesota School of Business was previously sued in 1986, 1997 and 2012 for similar conduct.