An Awkward Petition


Almost 14,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for improvements at Kaplan University, the for-profit college owned by the Washington Post Company.

The petition, created by ex-Kaplan student Shannon Croteau, calls for Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham,

..To shut down Kaplan University until he enacts meaningful changes to the way students’ grievances are resolved.

To resolve the myriad complaints from students in the spirit in which they are made, Kaplan and the Washington Post must commit to creating an independent third-party office to moderate and resolve the many issues held by current students and former students.

The New York Times reported that “unhappy former students from Kaplan have begun their own campaign for change.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education explained that “each signature generates an e-mail message to Donald E. Graham… and several other Post officials.”

The Washington Examiner reported that the Post company questions the legitimacy of the petition, arguing that Croteau “inflated the petition’s number of signers by issuing a news release and soliciting via e-mail without verifying the signers’ connection, if any, to Kaplan.”

The Washington Post, meanwhile, has written nothing at all about this petition. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer