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
- Associate’s Degrees
- Bachelor’s Degrees
Areas of Study
- Information Technology
- Graphic Arts
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/.
Established in 1964, CollegeAmerica provides career-focused higher education to students in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, CollegeAmerica is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher education opportunities in its communities, CollegeAmerica also provides free GED® preparation and other courses through its Good Neighbor Initiative.* CollegeAmerica has two main campuses in Denver and Flagstaff, and branch campus locations in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs (with an additional satellite campus in South Colorado Springs), Cheyenne, and Phoenix. For more information, please call 801-312-0079. CollegeAmerica is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Contact: Jane Ingalls