In March of this year the accreditation of Trident University International was placed on probationary status after the university succeeded in avoiding the revocation of its accreditation following receipt of a “Show Cause” letter in the Summer of 2011. That has been commented on at length on other threads. The following is an update which has some relevance for prospective doctoral students and others considering registering with Trident University International. The management of Trident (TUI) changed after it became a for-profit institution in 2007 and over the course of the following two to three years a number of managerial staff were hired in anticipation of the university’s expansion. When the transcripts and institutional integrity crisis hit TUI in the Spring and Summer of 2011 and WASC issued them the severe reprimand of a letter demanding it show cause why its accreditation should not be revoked, many of these staff worked extremely hard to analyze systems, reassure students, effect changes and generally pull the institution through the crisis. Nonetheless new registrations dropped by 40% and almost immediately after WASC transferred TUI to probationary status fifteen of those staff were fired, including the remaining VP of Marketing and the VP of Student Services. Then in late May of this year it was announced that staff were to work a four day week, faculty pay would be reduced and faculty jobs were being reassessed with the likelihood that the employment of a number would be terminated. In addition the way faculty time is credited on the doctoral program has been changed. As the amount of time faculty needed to spend with doctoral students was greater than that with undergraduates or masters students in the past if a faculty member was assigned to teach a doctoral student this would count as equivalent to five other students. This then was reduced to three other students and now in May it was announced that this distinction is to be abolished and teaching a doctoral student will be regarded as equivalent to teaching an undergraduate. This sends a clear signal to faculty about the value being placed on the university’s doctoral program, one which anyway the for-profit management had regarded ambivalently. On the one hand they accepted that having a doctoral program reflected well on the university but on the other they felt that it was not cost effective unless it could be “scaled up” somehow. This was not achieved prior to the transcripts and integrity scandal and so now it looks as though the future of TUI’s doctoral program might be in question. This may not be a surprise given that the university’s new President has past experience at Argosy University. These announcements follow the provision to the new President/CEO in February of a highly critical report regarding the university’s academic integrity which argued that TUI’s practices and systems were deficient to such an extent that they brought into question the degrees it had granted and that therefore an audit should be conducted of such degrees. As far as I am aware WASC has been made aware of that report but no such audit has been initiated, yet. At the very least it appears that the educational model at TUI is being radically changed and in a manner the consequences of which are not at all clear, especially for doctoral students.