NY State Education Department reviewing Clinton Global Initiative University’s decision to use the term “university” in its name without explicit permission

Daily Beast:

The review comes in response to inquiries made by The Daily Beast.

For the first time in American history, the (likely) Republican and Democratic nominees for president are also both, bizarrely, associated with eponymous entities that use or used the term university in their titles but were never, in fact, universities.

Donald Trump once operated Trump University, later renamed the Trump Entrepreneurship Initiative (but more on that later) while Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative (itself a faction of the Clinton Foundation) continues to host a lesser-known program they call the Clinton Global Initiative University, or CGI U.

Unlike Trump University, there is no CGI U curriculum, no fees, and no promise that attendees will attain a life of tremendous wealth and gaudy boardrooms where they can fire people for fun.

But very much like Trump University, CGI U was never a school in any traditional sense.

There is no syllabus, no classes, no papers, no grades and, in the end, no degree or cap and gown. But both organizations, at one time, called themselves “universities.”

According to New York state education law, “No individual, association, co-partnership or corporation not holding university, college or other degree conferring powers by special charter from the legislature of this state or form of regents” is permitted to call itself a “university” or “college” without consent.

A spokesperson for the New York State Education Department did not immediately respond when asked about the timeframe of the review.

Clinton Global Initiative University was founded by the former president in 2007 not as a separate company, but as an annual seminar hosted by CGI.

CGI U’s stated goal, according to information provided to The Daily Beast by the Clinton Foundation, is, vaguely, “to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. ”

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