Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why are we inviting the enemy to set up tables on our campus?

     Today, I briefly visited the IVC website, the opening page of which sports a section called “IVC Happenings”:

     Note the fourth item: “DeVry University table visit.” I’m not sure, but I think this refers to DeVry’s manning recruitment tables on campus (Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and then from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the SSC Quad).
     DeVry is a “for-profit” college with a history of deceptive practices. As a for-profit, it is among the institutions that have received scrutiny, and severe criticism, from the feds in recent years. It awards shitty degrees, puts vulnerable students into deep debt, and bilks the taxpayer.
     (Those who need to get up to speed on the for-profits issue, and the history of DeVry in particular, might want to click on the links below.)
     So, I ask: why is our college inviting the enemy onto campus to set up its recruitment tables?

• Senate Report Paints a Damning Portrait of For-Profit Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
• Cracking down on for-profit colleges (The Week): Schools like DeVry and Kaplan are booming, but critics say they are putting students into debt, not jobs
• For-profit education: 2010 Pell Grant fraud controversy (Wikipedia)
• DeVry University Hit With Lawsuit Alleging Officials Would 'Bribe' Students, Violate Federal Regulations (HuffPost)


Anonymous said...

I don't think we can turn DeVry away but I agree that we don't have to promote their visit either.

Anonymous said...

Probably for the same reasons your kind invited the enemy into the white house.

Anonymous said...

Many on our campus have obtained their "advanced" degrees from such institutions.

Anonymous said...

Sounds kind of elitist, Chunk. Hell, you welcome all of the other fringe elements of our society, why prejudice a for profit paper mill? Caveat emptor!

Anonymous said...

Seems the opposite of elitist, to me, to look askance at (and down on) institutions that get regular people trying to improve their lot into deep debt, and give them a rotten education for all that money, to boot.

Oops; I think you were being ironic, 8:53. Apologies!


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