FMU ACCREDITATION - Mitch Perry

03/04/04

FMU Student sues for lack of accreditation

INTRO: Earlier this week, a graduate of the for profit Florida Metropolitian University

Sued the school after spending $37,000 earning an associate's degree, only to discover that her credit hours would NOT transfer to a number of other colleges.

34 year old Adrienne Travis completed her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at the school's Brandon campus.....But when she decided to transfer to St.Leo University in Pasco County, she learned that her 96 credit hours would NOT transfer there.

Tampa Attorney Dan Clark represents Adrienne Travis...He says after he agreed to take her case, his own research uncovered 3 significant problems with FMU (roll tape#1 o.q."went through the same thing") Clark has applied for class-action status in case more FMU students want to join the suit, going back to March of 2000...

FMU has a total of 10 campuses throughout the state. They are owned by Corinthian Colleges, Incorporated, based in Southern California.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Corinthian said each student is informed that accepting credits is at the discretion of the school to which the student wants to transfer. Students are told FMU makes no guarantees its credits will transfer.

But Attorney Dan Clark has issues with that declaration (roll tape#22 o.q. "and or degrees")

SACS stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Corinthian Colleges has said that FMU discloses its students that the school is accredited through the Accedting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education........

Attorney Dan Clark elaborates on what he says is a Cover Up by officials at Florida Metropolitian University. (roll tape#3 o.q. "with SACC")

WMNF attempted to speak with officials from Corinthian Colleges...They failed to return our phone call by airtime.

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