Saturday, September 23, 2017

Federal audit: Western Governors University should repay $700 million+ for misuse of Title IV funds

An audit report issued this week by the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General says Western Governors University failed to comply with Title IV requirements and should repay the federal government $712.6 million.

While the audit makes no reference to the extent of problems at any particular Western Governors University, it does say that part of the investigation was conducted out of the DOE office in Kansas City, indicating that WGU-Missouri's records were among those that were audited.

The chancellor of WGU-Missouri is former Joplin R-8 Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer. Former R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff, now listed as president and CEO of C. J. Huff Group, Ltd., serves on the university's Advisory Board.

The audit found that WGU did not provide enough contact time between students and faculty. After evaluating 69 courses the audit determined the following:

None of these 69 courses could reasonably be considered as providing regular and substantive interaction between students and instructors. Course design materials for 32 of the 69 courses described no substantive interaction with an instructor. Course design materials for 27 courses described 1 substantive interaction with an instructor. Course design materials for 10 courses described 2 substantive interactions with an instructor.
The university did not provide enough instructional time, according to the audit:

The school defined its academic year as 52 weeks of instructional time during which a full-time, undergraduate student was expected to complete at least 24 competency units.7 We reviewed the records for nine full-time, undergraduate students and the course design materials for the courses in which those students were enrolled during the academic year. We concluded that the design of these courses did not provide 52 weeks of instructional time to eight of the nine students. The number of weeks of instructional time provided to the eight students varied from 8 through 40 weeks, with six students being provided fewer than the minimum number of weeks for an academic year (30 weeks) required by the HEA. Additionally, the design of these courses did not ensure that Western Governors University provided at least 26 weeks (one half of the schooldefined academic year or one payment period) of instructional time before disbursing Title IV funds for the students’ subsequent payment periods. 

WGU was also distributing federal grant money to students before making sure the students were attending the classes:

The university also failed to return Title IV funds for some students for at least one student who never attended the online classes.

In a Kansas City Star article Friday, Besendorfer answered the allegations by insisting that the auditors did not know what they were doing:

“They misinterpreted the law,” said Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri. She added she was confident the matter will be resolved with no impact to students.

Besendorfer said she hasn’t even estimated how much of the $700 million might be connected to Missouri students’ financial aid. Students pay $6,000 a year for WGU Missouri online courses designed for them to work at their own pace.

“We are so confident that this is a misstep that we haven’t even begun to discuss what ifs,” Besendorfer said. “Out student have direct contact with faculty members who they talk to on a weekly basis.”

Western Governors University was founded in the 1990s to enable non-traditional students to be abale to earn degrees and helped build the work force. Gov. Jay Nixon brought the non-profit online university here in 2013.


Anonymous said...

“We are so confident that this is a misstep that we haven’t even begun to discuss what ifs,” Besendorfer said.

Keep hitting that hopium pipe Angie baby!

Anonymous said...

Looks like she's playing fast and loose with the money and rules again.

Randy is STILL butthurt said...

Well, at least she has a job in education -- which is more than we can say for you, Randy.

Why not write another semi-pornographic novel about her, Randy, now that you have plenty of time hiding in your hole? Can't be fired again for anything because nobody is stupid enough to hire you for anything.

Take a seat there Jerky said...

Turner Reports on a federal audit.

Mr STILL butthurt thinks it is all about his own butthurt.

Anonymous said...

It's CJ's fault

Anonymous said...

I am wondering. Is this the same jackass who thinks it's extremely clever to write It's CJ's fault on all of these articles or is this a copycat jackass?

Harvey Hutchinson said...

That's the problem with hiding behind "anonymous ".

Harvey Hutchinson 303-522-6622 voice & text

It is ALWAYS CJ Huff's Fault said...

Why Anonymous 8:13 am, if anyone reading Tuirner's Blog knows anything it is ALWAYS CJ Huff's Fault for something or another. You ought to know that by now.

It is NEVER Randy Turner's fault for anything. Not even for stuff that happened before CJ Huff come to Joplin and got Turner fired for what Turner did.

Turner is a stalker. He will write about former state reps across the state who voted to keep teachers accountable for their failures as well as being predators. Predators always go where the prey is present.

Turner is a liar and a coward. All he has left is this blog which he censors most of us who are on to him.

Those of you like Turner need to be sent to your own little ghetto as well. Never let around our children.

Turner has tried the patience of our community. Most of us are onto him.

I suppose we all are CJ Huff now. Even when we don't especially like CJ Huff except for him getting rid of Turner.

Ditto that on Angie and the rest. I don't know how to spell Angie's last name. I do know how to spell "CJ Huff". I'm not exactly sure what "CJ" stands for though.

Besides it is ALWAYS CJ Huff's Fault. Turner ought to put this trope to music by now.

Randy said...

Far be it from me to try to diagnose someone based on anonymous comments, but you seem to be the one who has an unhealthy obsession.

Dead Loser Storage said...

Not me, Randy. The only time I think of CJ Huff is when you obsessively bring him up whenever possible to explain why you are a loser.

I only mention CJ Huff in order to make you chimp out in denial.

CJ Huff
CJ Huff
CJ Huff
CJ Huff
CJ Huff
CJ Huff

There. That ought to tide you over for the next 10-15 minutes, Randy. I'd write:

"It is all CJ Huff's fault."

But a loser like you might fall into a diabetic coma if you were to get an overdose of blaming CJ Huff for anything and everything. You need to be prepared before I put that up. Like putting up a "Dead Loser Storage" sign outside your apartment. Best wait until your latest assailant gets locked up, though.

Think I should learn how to spell Angie's last name?