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11:47 AM on 07/06/2012
They do seem to target a certain demographic, and most of those "careers" that you can obtain through them are just barely over minimum wage. I work with a girl who attended school at one, and yes she works in a doctors office, but she can't afford to live on her own and works two jobs. And she owes the school money. Those schools are a sham
12:13 PM on 07/06/2012
"I work with a girl who attended"

Try rewording it. I work with a girl who VOLUNTARILY CHOSE to attend.
A Connecticut yankee in Emperor Bush's Town.
12:40 PM on 07/06/2012
You talk about people "voluntarily" making decisions that they are ill-equipped to make as if it were their fault they are ill-equipped. How is it that our society has so many people who think it is just fine to take advantage of unsophisticated people? How did we get that uncaring about our fellow citizens?
...Shift Happens..let's make it together...
12:38 PM on 07/06/2012
It's not that these schools "target" a certain demographic. There is a core population who know they want to, and do, go to a traditional four year or two year college that has a campus, students, community, services, co-curricular programs, perhaps sports teams, etc... The for-profit schools will not sway these students to give that up, therefore, they know that the population they are aiming for to attend their schools are the students who:
-could not academically get into those schools
-could not financially afford to move out of home and go full time to one of those schools
-get disciplinarily or academically discharged from those schools
-dont have the confidence to try to get into those schools

among others...

Many of the for profit schools, if not most, are more expensive than a community college or third tier public school; all of which are more academically rich in their programs/rigor than the for-profit schools. You also have to consider who teaches at the for-profit schools...most of these people are faculty who dont want to be a fulltime teacher, dont want to spend time on a campus, have a fulltime job, dont have training in academic advising/administration..etc...They are, across the board, lower quality teaching professionals. The strength of program isnt one faculty member teaching you one's collective knowledge, advising, mentoring, scholarship of team of faculty. For profit faculty often dont even know each other.
12:44 PM on 07/06/2012
"for profit faculty'? This is oxymoronic.