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U. Of Phoenix And Hbcu Alliance Draws Skepticism

The University of Phoenix’s attempt to partner with historically black colleges is prompting a good deal of skepticism.

The for-profit Phoenix and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of public historically black colleges and their students, announced last week they had formed an “alliance” with the goal of having Phoenix teach students at HBCUs.

No colleges have yet signed a deal with Phoenix, but the potential arrangements are already drawing scrutiny, in part because of Phoenix’s relatively low graduation rates, especially for black students.