Argosy University is a for-profit college whose parent company is Education Management Corporation. Argosy has a total of 28 locations throughout the United States in addition to maintaining a large online division. The university offers programs that range from Associates degrees through the Doctorate level throughout their seven colleges. However, like many other for-profit colleges, Argosy has had its share of legal issues.
There are seven colleges under Argosy University:
- College of Undergraduate Studies
- College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Education
- College of Business
- College of Health Sciences
- Western State College of Law at Argosy University
- The Art Institutes of California at Argosy University
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges provided accreditation for Argosy University while accreditation through the American Psychological Association varies by campus. The following campuses that offer Doctor of Psychology programs are currently accredited by APA:
- Orange County
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Twin Cities
- Washington, D.C.
Legal Issues and Allegations
In 2009, students from the Dallas campus of Argosy University filed a lawsuit because they felt they had been misled into believing the American Psychological Association would soon provide the school with accreditation. The process had not been completed at the time the students graduated, and even when the lawsuit was filed they had not yet applied for the accreditation through that association. A statement by the parent company, EDMC, stated many jurisdictions including Texas do not require accreditation through the APA. As a result of this information, Argosy officials rejected fraud charges and indicated the Dallas campus was still in the process of obtaining APA accreditation. However, in December 2013 the parent company agreed to a settlement of approximately $3.3 million which did not require them to officially admit any liability.
- Argosy University was one of 15 schools that were named in a Government Accountability Office report in 2010. According to the report, recruiters made untrue or questionable statements when they spoke with applicants who had been sent undercover during the investigation.
- In May 2010 Argosy University was one of the for-profit universities featured on the PBS “Frontline” program called “College, Inc.”
- In 2011 the Florida Attorney General investigated Argosy University after it received eight consumer complaints.
If you attended Argosy University and feel you were misled concerning accreditation or any other issue, feel free to contact one of our college fraud attorneys (for free) via the email form on this page. While we may not be able to help with every case, we’re happy to evaluate the facts of your case for no charge.
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