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Students file class-action lawsuit against Globe University

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Five current and former students filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against Woodbury-based Globe University, claiming the school misled prospective students about its accreditation and post-graduation prospects.

In the lawsuit, the students allege that Globe systematically and deliberately manipulates all prospective students with the goal of getting them to enroll, WCCO reported.

One of the plaintiffs, former student Sarah Beck, said when she enrolled in the health care management program in 2010, she was told it was fully accredited.

But when she graduated with more than $41,000 in student loan debt, she was rejected by three other postsecondary institutions, who said the program was unaccredited, the Star Tribune reported.

The complaint also says Globe's recruiters exaggerated wages that graduates could expect upon entering the workforce.

"Although it is disappointing that even one student has something unfavorable to say about our schools, we know the sentiment of these five individuals does not reflect all, and we will not allow it to cast a black eye on the thousands of students proud to be a member of our schools,” Globe spokeswoman Naomi McDonald said in a statement.

Globe and its sister school, Minnesota School of Business, serve more than 11,000 students on campuses in five states and online, the Pioneer Press reports.

In August, a Washington County jury ordered Globe to pay nearly $400,000 to Heidi Weber, a former dean of the medical assistant program, for unjustly firing her.

Weber said she was let go after accusing the school of using questionable tactics and inaccurate statistics about job salaries and placement rates.

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