|From the 2014 report: students withdrawing within a year of enrolling|
Some of the nation’s largest veterans and military organizations sent letters last week to the Veterans Affairs Department asking it to crack down on colleges that prey on veterans by charging exorbitant fees for degrees that mostly fail to deliver promised skills and jobs.
The letters were signed by top officials at the American Legion, the National Military Family Association, the Military Officers Association of America and nearly 20 other groups. They called on the department to improve its oversight of colleges that have engaged in deceptive recruiting and other illicit practices but that continue to receive millions in funding under the G.I. Bill.
“We encourage you” to take steps against the dozen or so colleges facing “federal and state action for deceiving students,” one of the letters says.
The career training and for-profit college industry has been accused in recent years of exploiting veterans, poor people and minorities. Veterans are an especially enticing target because, under a loophole in federal law, money from the G.I. Bill does not count against a cap on federal funding to for-profit schools.
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Education advocates say the veterans department’s unwillingness to police a program that costs taxpayers billions is difficult to understand.
“The veterans we serve are understandably angry when they discover that the very consumer fraud they faced at a predatory school is one the V.A. knew about but approved for G.I. Bill benefits anyway,” said Carrie Wofford of Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit group…..
As you know, IVC President Roquemore has made noisy efforts to help connect students to that dubious organization. See
|Vice President, Western Region, Workforce Solutions/University of Phoenix, Chuck Parker, President, Irvine Valley |
College, Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore