Skip to main content

Judge says 2 Minnesota for-profit schools misled students

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Two Minnesota for-profit schools committed consumer fraud and were deceiving to students, a judge ruled.

According to a 133-page ruling, Hennepin County District Judge James Moore said the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University misled students in the police or probation officers programs, claiming they were legitimate – but the degrees were not recognized by the state of Minnesota

The Woodbury-based company was ordered to stop those practices, as well as receiving unspecified penalties against the corporation and their owners.

The Star Tribune reports the Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller has ordered that the schools' authorization be revoked because running a private school that has committed fraud is against state law.

In 2014, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the schools, saying they “exploited” the dream of some students, some of whom paid up to $78,000 in tuition. The lawsuit alleges the schools didn’t deliver on the jobs it promised students.

Globe University and Minnesota School of Business had recently announced that they were consolidating and closing four of its Minnesota campuses.

The for-profit schools cited an improved economy, the growth of online learning and a three-year “negative publicity campaign orchestrated by the Minnesota Attorney General” prompted the decision, according to a news release.

Jeanne Herrmann, the schools’ chief operating officer, said in the release that Swanson’s lawsuit “impacted our enrollment” and questioned the “validity of the degrees of tens of thousands of our graduates.”

Next Up


Ryan Poles picking Chicago creates battle of the rebuilds with Vikings

Both of the Vikings' GM finalists land in the same division looking to return to relevancy.

David Ortiz

Twins congratulate David Ortiz on HOF induction, it ends badly

Twins fans haven't forgotten the biggest mistake in franchise history.

Snowmobile tracks Any Arthur Flickr

Who left the burnt snowmobile on a frozen Minnesota lake?

There wasn't much left beyond the frame and a few other large, metal parts.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Charges: Drunk council member fled police on wrong side of Hwy. 100

The complaint alleges he caused a wrong-way crash, then drove around an officer that tried to stop him.


What does the future hold for the Vikings at linebacker?

Anthony Barr is hitting free agency, and Eric Kendricks is approaching age 30

vehicle car

String of vehicle thefts in St. Paul, most left running unattended

The department is urging people not to leave their car running unattended.

kid hospital doctor

Child COVID hospitalizations reach pandemic-high in northern MN

As omicron surges, more kids are ending up in the hospital.

ice fishing close unsplash

'It's disgusting': Anglers dumping sewage on to popular ice fishing lake

A local CO told Bring Me The News it's people in newer, RV-style wheel houses.

Alejandro Rios and Michael Steward

Reward offered for information on 2021 double fatal shooting in St. Paul

It's been a year since Alejandro Rios and Michael Stewart were found dead on the sidewalk.