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Walden University Settles in False Advertising and ‘Reverse Red-Lining’ Lawsuit


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Walden University settles $28.5m lawsuit for false advertising and misrepresentation of its Doctorate in Business Administration program’s cost and duration. Plaintiffs alleged prolonged review periods forced students to extend enrollment, accruing more tuition debt. The suit also claimed Walden targeted Black and female students, violating consumer protection laws, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Civil Rights Act of 1964. The settlement could provide relief to about 2,300 people. Walden has removed the University Research Reviewer role from its dissertation committees for at least four years and committed to greater transparency about program outcomes.

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