ABC News Update: For-Profit Colleges Still NOT Cleaning Up Their Act

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    According to a new ABC News expose, aired last night, it appears that the for-profit “education” industry is still not cleaning up its act.

    This particular recruiter at Remington made her misleading statements just months after Harris Miller, a spokesman for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, admitted that for-profit schools need to clean up their act.

    When asked why he thought the for-profit industry was in the hot seat, Miller said at the time, “We’re under fire for a couple of reasons. One reason is we’re making mistakes.”

    He added, “our schools and my board of directors is committed to making changes…we have a zero tolerance policy. That means once in a while you have to take an employee and take him out in the back and shoot him — not literally — but you have to dismiss employees.”

    ABC News first talked to Miller in August after the initial investigation, when he promised to improve the for-profit industry’s recruiting standards. But despite his assurances, ABC News found that Remington wasn’t the only for-profit college whose recruiters were still trying to sell misleading information to prospective students.

    So what’s going on here? According to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who issued a statement to ABC News, “Each aspect of for-profit colleges’ relationships with their students that I’ve investigated so far often features misrepresentation or manipulation — it appears job placement claims are no different. Misleading students and the American public about job placement rates is yet another example of for-profit colleges putting their shareholders before their students.”

    In short, deceptive and aggressive recruiting practices are not a bug, they’re a feature, of this industry. Which is why it’s so hard for these scam artists ($24 billion in federal funds in 2009) to “clean up their act,” no matter what shills like Harris Miller et al. have to say about it.

    UPDATE: Wow, check out this article, “Executives Collect $2 Billion Running U.S. For-Profit Colleges”. According to Harris Miller, “If a company has done well, and the market has rewarded executives, that’s totally appropriate…These guys were in it for the long term. They believe in the sector. They weren’t in it for a quick buck.”  Hahahahahahahahahaha. ROFLMAO. Stop it, Harris, you’re killing me! 🙂

    • Dan Sullivan

      These clowns show up at companies, deliver a pitch to HR and establish “relationships.” The follow-up is an employee presentation announcing a “special relationship” where the  recruiter (nee salesman) promises everyone in the company a $1,000 “scholarship” and never mentions the marked up “tuition” rates.

      College graduates in the audience wince, but don’t want to discourage fellow employees. A favorite aspect of the pitch is the follow-up in the employee breakroom where you get “personal guidance” while others look on curiously, sipping their coffee.

      A sad part is that HR uses this as a feather in the cap for acquring the special “scholarship” deal; all to the detriment of the employees they are supposed to represent.  

    • gene magruder

      This is from the same guy who outsouced jobs overseas and wondered why the unions could’t support him. Harris the market doesn’t reward for good jobs done as the American people found out with the banks and the bailouts. It seems they reward executives for beating the system and covering up flaws. Good guys finish last evidently in the business world.  

    • There are two things that most people associate with THE AMERICAN DREAM (TM). One is owning their own home. The other is getting a college education, if not for themselves, then for their children. People are prepared to make tremendous sacrifices to do these two things, and they are more than willing to make decisions that they wouldn’t otherwise make to try and make these happen. Even pragmatic, sensible, rational people will sometimes do things or make decisions they know aren’t pragmatic, sensible or rational. We call it a “dream” for a reason!

      Which is all the more reason why we should be extra vigilant and extra cautious when regulating these industries. We should hold those who take ruthless advantage accountable, and I don’t care which party they happen to be in.  

    • My point was more that we need to be extra vigilant towards people who are in positions to take advantage of people when it comes to their dreams.  Because even the most sensible and intelligent can lose their way sometimes when their biggest emotions are involved.