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Sunday, October 24, 2010

For-Profit Educator: "Gainful Employment" Rules Needed

Great recent op-ed piece recently in The New York Times from a for-profit education teacher who favors the Department of Education's "gainful employment" rules that the for-profit education lobby is attempting to block  An excerpt:
"It’s disturbingly easy to get accepted, receive thousands of dollars in loans and then flunk out with crippling debt and no degree to show for it. I’m about to fail 4 out of 11 students in one of my classes because they simply stopped showing up. Some students will fail anywhere, but at this rate it’s clear that many of them should never have been sold on the program in the first place.
I’ve also been on the other end of these sales tactics. I once looked into taking a class at a for-profit college. The admissions counselor was quite skillful at avoiding my questions about costs, and pressed me to enroll in a full degree program, despite my repeated refusals."