Dream Center

The Dream Center was a nonprofit organization that owned and operated chains of proprietary colleges including Argosy University and the Art Institutes. Student Defense is representing former Dream Center students in a number of lawsuits (Infusino v. DeVos, Dunagan v. Illinois Institute of Art, and the Dream Center receivership proceedings).

FOIA Requests


Documents Regarding Oversight of Dream Center Schools - November 30, 2018

Seeking: In November and December 2018, Student Defense submitted multiple FOIA requests for Dream Center documents including the Program Participation Agreements of four Art Institute schools owned by the Dream Center, Letters of Credit held by the Department for all Dream Center schools, and communications between the Department and the company about the accreditation status of certain schools. On May 22, 2019 Student Defense and American Oversight sued the Department of Education to force the release of these documents. 


The litigation remains ongoing.


Annual Reports of EDMC/Dream Center Settlement Administrator - February 6, 2019

Seeking: Three annual reports prepared by the Settlement Administrator in connection with the 2015 settlements between Education Management Corporation (preceding owner of Dream Center schools) and 40 state attorneys general. These reports describe how EDMC and its successor, Dream Center Educational Holdings, were required to resolve consumer protection claims arising out of EDMC’s predatory recruitment and enrollment practices. 


On February 6, 2019 Student Defense obtained the annual reports of the EDMC/Dream Center Settlement Administrator. These reports: 1) confirmed Student Defense allegations in Dunagan v. Illinois Institute of Art and requires DCEH to provide a full remedy to harmed students; 2) identified two additional areas of substantial non-compliance with the consent judgement regarding gainful employment regulations and Woz. U; 3) raised serious concerns about DCEH leadership.

The First Report is available here.

The Second Report is available here.

The Third Report is available here.