Excelsior College sued over nursing program

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Excelsior College is under fire after a class action lawsuit was filed against the online school.

The lawsuit claims the college defrauded hundreds and possibly thousands of students.

More than ten students are part of the class action suit and were part of the school’s associate degree in nursing.

According to court documents, more than 10,000 students are enrolled in the nursing program with the promise of a timely graduation.

What they weren’t told is students are forced to wait more than a year to take the program’s final exam. When they took the exam, the students say the failure rate was intentionally high. 

The lawsuit claims Excelsior knew there was a problem with the nursing program but didn’t stop it for fear of losing revenue.

After the college was sued, it issued the following statement:

“Since 1975, nearly 45,000 adults have earned their associate degree in nursing from Excelsior College. We have been designated a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education” by the National League for Nursing four consecutive times. We are proud of our program. We will not comment on any pending legal action except to make one thing clear: we will vigorously defend our nursing program against these baseless accusations.”
The plaintiffs are asking for $10 million in punitive damages and they want Excelsior to inform students truthfully about the program, including the wait time to take the final exam. 

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