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ONLINE UNIVERSITY SUED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Kathryn Silcox, deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania, has brought a civil lawsuit against Trinity Southern University, an online university based in Plano, Texas, alleging consumer fraud and illegal e-mail marketing.

Silcox brought the suit after her cat received an MBA from the online university. Silcox became involved after Microsoft contacted attorneys general in different states regarding spam messages. She filled out the university's requested self-evaluation and applied for a $299 bachelor's degree using the cat's name.

The life experience noted on the form was sufficient not only for a bachelor's degree but also an MBA for an additional $100, according to the university. Silcox paid $99 for a copy of the transcript, which indicated that her cat had taken four semesters' worth of business classes.

Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 December 2004 (sub. req'd)
http://chronicle.com/prm/daily/2004/12/2004120805n.htm