SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota jury has awarded a South Dakota native and former Globe University dean almost $400,000.

Forty-four-year-old Heidi Weber once taught in the school’s medical assistant program in Sioux Falls. She sued Globe last year, claiming in a state whistle-blower lawsuit that she was fired in 2011 for raising concerns about unethical practices at the for-profit school based in Woodbury, Minn.

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A jury in Stillwater, Minn., agreed after Weber argued that Globe had misled students about its job placement rates, didn’t tell them about a shortage of opportunities to get experience, and had accepted some with criminal backgrounds without explaining the potential impact of those convictions.

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Weber called the ruling bittersweet.

Globe officials insist she was not right, that she was fired for a lack of leadership and poor performance.

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