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Department of education orders online universities to provide job placement to graduates

November 26,2010 by: admin

By year 2011, for-profit schools, together with the biggest online universities like Kaplan University, University of Phoenix and Strayer University, shall provide job placement to incoming students and applicants, as ordered by the Department of Education. This is one of goals of the government which will be imposed to for-profits schools which start on July1, 2011. This ruling shall help students make good career decisions and thus be able to be motivated in their studies whether it be associate or degree courses. Students will also benefit from what they pay for and that they can be fully prepared to acquire a good job in the future. This was stated in a press release dated October 28, 2010 by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.

In October, the parent company of the University of Phoenix Apollo Group was sued by the treasurer and Attorney General of Oregon. The issue was about boosting profits with just a little acknowledgement to their students who were the source of all the profits. The motion was filed at the Federal Court due to the revenues earned and making profit by exploiting lower-income students. Aside from students, parts of the exploitation are US Veterans and Armed Forces. The objective of obtaining profit is to have improvement in their qualifications.

In a statement from Apollo Group’s spokesman Manny Rivera, he claimed that Apollo Group is a medium in helping students complete and succeed in their courses or degree programs. Florida attorney general launched an investigation about the for-profit issue. These suits where facilitated at Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin and the focus are legal actions against for-profit schools. The director of the higher education program at the nonprofit Public Interest Research Group, Christine Lindstrom, was alarmed about her state’s educational system situation.

National Consumer Law Center Attorney, Deanne Loonin, directly works with regular students including those who have enrolled online at the for-profit schools. Due to confidentiality agreements, she is unable to provide specific names, however, she stated that it is a common scenario for low-income people with no limited internet access in their homes to be convinced to sign-up for programs online in the hope to access libraries and be able to complete their coursework. These students are seen to encounter some problems in the completion of their coursework since the time given is limited and the materials are too advanced for them to comprehend. Due to their limited internet access, they have to prolong the course period making them more indebted to the school.

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