For Immediate Release
Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction Against CollegeAmerica
Judge Denies Colorado Attorney General’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against CollegeAmerica
Denver, Colorado (July 20, 2015) —
On December 1, 2014, the Colorado Attorney General’s (“AG”) office filed a complaint against CollegeAmerica. On December 30, 2014, the AG’s office filed a preliminary injunction motion seeking 21 injunctions against CollegeAmerica. A 5-day hearing on the AG’s preliminary injunction motion was held April 20-24, 2015. On July 16, 2015 the judge denied the AG’s motion.
Statement Regarding the Preliminary Injunction Ruling from Eric Juhlin, President of CollegeAmerica
CollegeAmerica is extremely pleased with Judge Mullin’s carefully reasoned decision denying all 21 of the Colorado AG’s requests for injunctive relief. This reasoned decision is vindication for CollegeAmerica, for our students and graduates. The judge’s decision to not impose any injunctive relief supports CollegeAmerica’s position that the AG’s allegations are meritless, biased, and not supported by facts.
This decision confirms what we have known all along: CollegeAmerica’s recruitment and other business practices are of the highest integrity. In commenting on CollegeAmerica’s admissions process, Judge Mullins noted that,
The [admissions] process provides institutional safeguards to ensure that prospective students get the accurate information they need to make an informed decision about whether to enroll.
Throughout the litigation process – and its 2 1/2 year investigation – the Colorado AG’s office has repeatedly shown its bias against private career-focused colleges and has done so to the detriment of our students, our graduates, our faculty, our staff, and all private colleges.
This investigation and preliminary injunction hearing wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Those dollars will continue to be wasted so as long as the Colorado AG pursues this meritless assault.
Facts about CollegeAmerica in Colorado
CollegeAmerica has campuses in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, which provide career-focused college degree programs to Colorado students.
Programs for adults often overlooked by traditional colleges
Areas of Study
Better outcomes than community colleges*
In Denver, CollegeAmerica’s most recent IPEDS graduation rate was 34% versus 10% for Community College of Denver. CollegeAmerica’s graduation rate was 240% better than the Community College of Denver’s graduation rate
Typical CollegeAmerica student is:
Between 25 and 45 years old and is midcareer
Often the first in their family to attend college
Lower middle to low income
Nearly 50% of CollegeAmerica students previously tried a traditional college without graduating
Making College Possible
Since 2010, CollegeAmerica has helped Colorado students with more than $1.3 million in scholarship funds
CollegeAmerica awards 95 scholarships to Colorado students each quarter, ranging from $3,000 – $5,000 each
CollegeAmerica offers free GED tutoring that includes paying for GED participant’s GED Exam. More than 2,000 people have taken advantage of this free service.
* This data was obtained from the College Navigator Web site, developed by the National Center for Education Statistics. Complete information for each college can be accessed by visiting http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.
About Stevens Henager
Established in 1891, Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, Stevens-Henager is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher-education opportunities in its communities, Stevens-Henager is the only college in Utah to offer free GED® and other degree preparatory programs through its Good Neighbor Initiative. Stevens-Henager College has 10 campus locations throughout Utah and Idaho, including Salt Lake City/Murray, Ogden/West Haven, Provo/Orem, Layton, Lehi, Logan, St. George, Boise, Nampa and Idaho Falls.* For more information or to speak to an academic advisor, please call 801-312-0079. Stevens-Henager is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
*Idaho Falls is a branch campus of CollegeAmerica, Flagstaff, AZ