At that time I believed this article was part of a smear campaign against our institution which was attempting to do nothing more than deliver on the mission I spoke of above. I stand by this belief today, over sixteen years later. When reading this article without context what it alleges appears shocking. However, I provide the following information to help provide a more accurate lens to view this article from.
Please keep in mind, all students enrolled at our institution were graded according to the procedures and policies in place at the time. These procedures were the duty of our then Director of Education and other staff to follow. We were, at the time, a relatively "new kid on the block." Along the way we made mistakes, but the institution always had the best intentions of our students at the front of the administrative decisions we made. Many of the statements made in the article, while based on some morsel of truth, are without doubt sensational and exaggerative in nature. When concerns were actually brought to the attention of administration, the institutions staff were expected to act according to its published policies and procedures at the time to correct any issues.
Consider the following extract from the article:
“ ‘We just didn't have the students signing up for the classes so I laid these guys off,’ he says. Manthei calls instructor Todd Crooks, who also claims that his firing followed pressure from school officials about the investigation, a ‘conspiracy-monger and a jailhouse-lawyer type,’ blaming him for stirring up anti-administration sentiment among students. ‘After I gave Todd his 30-day notice, he went into the classroom and started spouting off about all this foolishness and passing out private documents to students.’ ”
The truth of the matter is that faculty were employed on a term-by-term basis. There was nothing hidden or sinister about this. All new faculty were made aware of this fact and were employed on this basis. While we do our best to retain faculty, if the institution did not have classes to be taught then the faculty members contract was not renewed. This is a prime example of how truth can be used to spin mistruth.
In all instances where inferior practices were identified the institution has now corrected its former practices, which were admittedly inferior, to be in alignment with its licensing, accreditation and regulatory bodies. As we did then, we continue to strive to adhere to these rules and provide the best educational environment for our students to become gainfully employed, productive members of society and to fulfill their professional dreams.
As a final note: The article was never updated with the final resolutions of either federal or state level cases. Also, the paper in which the article appeared, is a small weekly publication. The leading mainstream newspaper in the Minneapolis area, the Minneapolis Tribune had no interest in reporting any related “news” on the school. In the end, the suit for wrongful termination of Moye failed to find the school responsible on whistle blower charges. A freedom of information request by the school provoked an inflammatory letter sent by Minnesota official Paul Thomas to government regulators. The court records reveal that Thomas and Moye were in established contact on Moye’s plan to assist in opening a competitive school.