Consumer Law

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against USC Alleges It Falsely Marketed Online Social-Work Degree Program

USC falsely marketed an online social-work degree program as equal to its respected on-campus offering, using it as a “cash cow” to lure in students unaware of the difference, a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday alleges.

The complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that USC did not inform students that many components of the online master’s of social work degree are outsourced to a for-profit education company, 2U Inc., and that USC splits the tuition revenue with its publicly traded partner.

Although USC has marketed the online option as “the same” as the on-campus counterpart, the virtual program’s instructors, curriculum, internship placement and other services have been different — and inferior, the lawsuit asserts.

Read the source article at latimes.com

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