DeVry University agrees to stop using ad claim that it could not support

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, shows the entrance to the DeVry University in Miramar, Fla. Some of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains are suffering steep declines in enrollment amid heavier government scrutiny. DeVry University says the number of students taking classes is down 23 percent this year, and the University of Phoenix is off 22 percent. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

DeVry University has agreed to stop advertising a claim about the success of its students that had been challenged by the federal government.

The Education Department announced a settlement with DeVry on Thursday after saying the for-profit college chain couldn’t support one of its marquee claims.

DeVry had advertised that 90 percent of its graduates since 1975 found employment in their field of study within six months of graduation. Last year, the department asked DeVry to provide evidence of the claim and found that it couldn’t.

Under the settlement, DeVry must stop advertising the claim and must pay the department $68 million.

DeVry said in a statement that it is pleased to resolve the case. The Illinois-based chain still faces another federal lawsuit over alleged deception in its advertisements.


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