Wednesday, June 12, 2024

HurricaneTWOU.com: Digital Protest Exposes Syracuse, USC, Pepperdine, and University of North Carolina in 2U edX Edugrift

A new website to inform student consumers has popped up. It's called HurricaneTWOU.com. The website authors identify themselves as a group of former graduate students who want to warn prospective students about what's happening at brand name programs managed by 2U and edX. And they are asking existing students to take a strategic leave of absence. 

The authors also provide information on submitting borrower defense to repayment (fraud) claims to the US Department of Education to have federal student loans forgiven.

The problem is, many consumers are unaware that the brand name schools they are attending online are paying a lion's share back to an online program manager, 2U-edX.  When some consumers cannot find gainful employment after completing their programs, enough to pay off their student loans, they start digging. What they find is that the brand name schools are barely involved in the schemes, other than to take their cut. Even the instructors, poorly paid adjuncts, are employees of the online program manager.

A number of 2U-edX programs are mentioned on HurricaneTWOU.com, to include certificate and graduate degree programs at Syracuse, USC, Pepperdine, and the University of North Carolina.  The authors are organizing an effort through a number of non-violent means, including a petition to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In addition, they are asking people at 2U-edX to provide information to help their cause.