TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona buys Ashford University, a ‘for-profit’ college, which is being sued by former students.
Associate professor Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamente says there is a lot that doesn’t make sense with this deal.
“What is really behind the acquisition? We don’t know because we’re just finding out about this now,” she told KGUN9.
Gonzalez de Bustamante has worked at the UArizona for 18 years.
She’s also a member of the Coalition for Academic Justice, a group that plans to unionize. It is composed of faculty, staff, and graduate students.
“The Coalition for Academic Justice is very concerned about this recent acquisition. Number one, we were not consulted on this. Number two we’re wondering what this acquisition could do to the very good reputation that the University of Arizona has. Number three, we’re wondering how much money is going to be made. The enrollment of Ashford University has steadily declined. A few years ago they had 80,000 students. Today they have 35,000 students,” she added.