The following are just some of the comments from faculty and students regarding the University of Phoenix.  As stated in my article ( the Apollo Group who owns the decrepit university, is on the stock exchange and is bought by many public teacher pension funds.  Disinvestment must be the order of the day. 

How can public teacher pension funds own criminal stock?  Take a look as you scroll down at the letter sent to a person I know from Jennifer Magida of the Special Litigation Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group.  She never did get back to those who contacted her.  Call her and ask her why she does not reply to those who have pointed out violations of morality and law.

From workers and students at UOP:

“I remember that time period clearly because I was an adjunct instructor looking for full-time employment. Academic Affairs was fully staffed; however, the Director pulled me aside to tell me of a most wonderful and lucrative position which was opening up. One in which the worker had the potential of making more than the Campus Director, “If one was successful and ambitious.”

The position was actually for a Enrollment Counselor. The salary range was tied to the number of students one enrolled. However, a condition was that the students must pass the first three courses in order for one to receive credit for their entry into the university (something to do with Title IV funds). Umm.. No.

This position sounded very shady to me and I did not care how much I stood to make. Yes, I did notice all the fancy cars staff members drove to the university. I was happy driving my old pick-up, at the time. All I wanted to do was teach full-time and make a decent wage. I elected to teach part time at several UoP locations rather than become entangled in that little web. Being a pushing university sales person is not in my nature and students in my classes were constantly complaining of a high turnover of counselors.

The reason why others may not be so eager to come forward to reveal the truth is simply fear. Some of these campus locations are run with an iron first and by individuals who associate with criminals (true story). I say this only because once I began filing complaints against UoP in 2010, my rental home was broken into twice within a six month period. The alarm system alerted authorities both times and nothing was taken. It was enough to get my attention and I moved into a gated-community shortly thereafter. Many potential whistleblowers or former employees are fearful of retaliation on number of fronts. After one comes forward, they fear putting themselves and thier families at risk. Seriously. ”

“I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a very good education, it seems that it’s all about writing papers, I think there should be more variety in assignments. I’ve told people from the school numerous times that I did not wish to continue with another degree here, yet I still get calls about it and they have been very pushy for me to sign up for another program. I’ve actually had to block one of the phone numbers from calling me because they would not take no for an answer. I never told any of my advisers that I was interested in furthering my education at this school, so I’m not sure why they keep pushing it. Money, probably. I’ve always felt like I was just a dollar sign to them and not a person.”


DOD distancing itself from University of Phoenix


My coworker, Jane Stevens, forwarded your email to me and asked that I get back to you. We are working on investigating the many bad practices of for-profit schools. We are not specifically investigating Apollo Group/Univ. of Phoenix, but we would very much like to talk to you. I think it would be most convenient to set up a phone call. Would that work for you? If so, please let me know what times are convenient and what number to call, and we can arrange a time to talk.

Thank you for reaching out and contacting us.


Jennifer Magida

Special Litigation Unit

New York Legal Assistance Group

7 Hanover Sq., 18th fl.

New York, NY 10004

(212) 613-5046 (phone)

“Here’s a good example for you. A few weeks ago I got a call from a guy who wanted to finish his associates degree to be a paramedic. It sounded like he was four classes away and already enrolled for the fall. He stated he was just shopping for prices and would consider a bachelors degree once he was finished. I knew we didn’t have anything that could help him so I told him to contact me about the bachelors degree down the road. That call was recorded and reviewed by my manager, who made me feel terrible… like I did something wrong since I didn’t push this guy to enroll. I knew I was weeks away from quitting so I didn’t care, but that is how it is there. You must try to enroll everyone you speak to. One of the main problems is how UOP markets themselves. I was in the health care department and would get calls from people who wanted to be a nurse, or paramedic, or whatever. We had to try to push them into an associate degree in health care administration.


I hope that example helps out. ”


University of Phoenix (UOP) Complaint Timeline from former faculty

Date Action


2006 − 2009
  • Untarnished record as a faculty member while teaching with the Tampa, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, and Georgia campuses in Columbus, Atlanta, and Savannah.
  • No record of complaints with students, faculty, or administrators.


2007 − 2009
  • In addition to role as Faculty Member, hired as Student Mentor at the Columbus, GA campus.
  • Received 2008 Outstanding Faculty-Member-of-the-Year Award at Columbus, GA Graduation Ceremony.


  • Promoted as Columbus, GA, Program Manager.
  • Duties of position included:
  1. Management of Student Success Services.
  2. Greater Columbus, GA, Area Community Liaison.
  3. Comber of Commerce- Partners in Education Representative.
  4. UoP Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Representative.


  • Approached by student, Marcia Teal, at the Columbus, GA campus to request a change her final grade.
  • She expressed (using improper and profane language) that a grade of “D” might negatively impact her upcoming financial aid disbursement.
  • The incident was immediately reported to my supervisor, EW Newlin, Director of Academic Affairs (DAA).



  • Campus College Chair (CCC), Tammy Johnson, requested a revision to a final grade based on a dispute by a student.
  • Immediately requested a meeting with our supervisor the DAA.
  • DAA advised I should change the student’s grade due to a potential mathematical error in the grading system.
  • I calculated her final grade again and explained that is was impossible to provide a higher letter grade as it would be unethical and unfair to the other students in the course.



  • Each of my upcoming courses were immediately removed by the CCC.
  • I was placed on a Faculty Alert Report (FAR).
  • A FAR is considered a written warning for instructor.
  • After three FAR reports, a faculty member is removed from instructor list.


  • Office of Ombuds Services contacted to seek advice and support in properly reporting the incident.
  • Reported case to the Apollo Ethics and Compliance Hotline.
  • Reported case to Regional Director of Academic Affairs, Steve Castellioni.


  • Corporate Investigations Manager, Joseph Agins, emailed to confirm a start to the investigation.


10/2009 — 10/2010
  • Several faculty members quietly divulged similar experiences with respect to requests for grade changes.
  1. Dr. Elmo Ghazi
  2. Dr. ViviAnn Johnson
  3. Dr. Christine Touris
  4. Dr. Paulette Burney


  • Marcia Batschelett, Director of Faculty Grievances and Appeals, with the University’s Office of Dispute Management states the local campus followed proper procedures when requesting a grade change.


  • I submitted a follow-up email to relay concerns regarding similar situations with respect to grade change requests in the case of fellow instructors at the Columbus, GA campus.


  • Ms. Batschelett, responded to my email stating there was no appealing the decision.


  • She further stated I should refrain from viewing my faculty file in the UoP system (All documentation related to my faculty file had been confidentially received from a fellow faculty member/administrator who was familiar with the situation).


  •  Derick Francis, Corporate Compliance Investigator, sent an email to indicate the case was taken over by Regional Academic Affairs Staff.



  • Office of Dispute Management contacted to state closure of the grievance related to the grade change incident.


  •  I was told that results of the case, the final outcome, and any disciplinary actions against the individuals responsible would be confidential.




10/2009 – 11/2010


  • Work environment became increasing uncomfortable.
  1. Various change in assigned work duties. (Documented by emails)
  2. Daily activities and departure times from the campus heavily monitored by certain staff members. (Documented by emails)


  • Positive Semi-Annual Performance Review by DAA, Mr. Newlin. (Documented by Print Screens)


  • Director of Student Services, Regina Walker, questions me regarding an email submitted to Apollo Compliance in my role as campus ADA Compliance Representative.
  • Email was regarding the needs of a student requesting the aid of Disability Services.
  • I requested a meeting with Campus Director, Shelby Frutchey, in order to elaborate on our campus responsibilities in accommodating disable students.


  • Removed as campus ADA Compliance Representative by ADAA, Ms. Johnson.
  • Job description completely realigned by Regional Director of Academic Affairs and Supervisor.
  • Work area moved away from department colleagues to student computer library.
  • HR contacted
  • Photograph of new work area emailed.


  • Received written reprimand by Ms. Johnson after lengthy doctor’s appointment.
  • Advised to go on Intermittent FMLA to cover any further medical visits.


  • One day prior to a pre-approved medical leave, I was provided with a negative Annual Review by Ms. Johnson and asked to immediately sign the forms.
  • The annual review was dated from 6/09 – 6/10. A period where Mr. Newlin was the Director.
  • Received a positive tone Semi-Annual Review from Mr. Newlin on 4/12/2010.
  • In the annual review, I was described as a poor communicator, incapable of properly completing job duties, ineffective, and “did not inspire loyalty from employees.”
  • I refused to sign the review and immediately contacted HR.



  • Full FMLA Leave began.



  • Received call by HR representative regarding employment status
  • Representative asked if I was willing to return to the campus.
  • Letter of Resignation submitted.




Here is the propaganda site for the University of Phoenix.  I tried to post there but they must screen all entries for they did not allow the post.


Some facts on propaganda:

In Nazi Germany, Dr Joseph Goebbels was in charge of propaganda. Goebbels official title was Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment.  Here are just a few of his quotes that hit home today and go to the heart of the Apollo Group and the University of Phoenix.

“The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.”

Joseph Goebbels

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”
Joseph Goebbels

“Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.”
Joseph Goebbels