University Of Phoenix Removed From Defense Department Probation List

Published: Monday, January 18, 2016 - 10:13am
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Last October, the U.S. Department of Defense banned the University of Phoenix from recruiting on military bases and enrolling new students who use tuition assistance for military personnel.

Now, the probation has been lifted, meaning the for-profit education provider can return to military bases and enroll new students using financial aid designed for military members.

Previously, there were allegations that the university had sponsored events to gain preferential access to the military while the university cited a series of government investigations into its advertising and marketing practices.

The University of Phoenix provided the following written statement from President Timothy P. Slottow:

 "Our commitment to compliance, transparency and continuous improvement remains constant and we are grateful to leaders at the Department of Defense and in Congress for supporting a clear process and high standards from all educational institutions, and for ensuring military students are able to use their educational benefits for career-relevant programs at University of Phoenix."

The probation lift comes the same week that the university's parent company, Apollo Education Group, announced it is exploring "strategic alternatives," which could lead to a change of control of the company.