This past week Frontline did another story on For-profit
colleges (ie. U. Phoenix, Ashford,
Central Texas, Strayer, etc) and their relationship with veterans (specifically veteran's GI Bill/9-11 monies) Their report says… “More than 1/3 of all GI Bill
money is going to for-profit colleges”
Did anyone else see it? Does
anyone have a personal experience? Inquiring minds want to know...
Below is the link to watch it online. It’s about a 20-minute report.
Title: "Educating Sergeant
Pantzke: For-profit colleges offer veterans a quality degree, but do they deliver?”
I had completed all through Masters with the traditional brick and mortar; but one could argue that attending in the military atmosphere (nighttime/weekend/lunchtime classes) and a traditional M-F day time classes is different; even when I completed my masters and all occured in the b/m setting--the classes were still at night and most students military-related. Is the experience the same as full blown traditional "fresh out of high school/away from home for the first time etc"? At first the "focus" and I want to characterize all as "attack" was on "the on-line" offerings; then as more of the nonprofit colleges/universities began a shift to embrace the on-line/distance learning approach, the attention changed to "for profit". Having just spent 43 months on the doctoral journey with the Univ of Phoenix, the issue is NOT one of for profit or nonprofit but one of course offerings/availability/functionality and how all correlates to the student. I would not have cared which college I attended but the choices that support the "military" life style in terms of work hours/locations are limited. Most of my fellow learners were NOT military/never been/no GIBill; I did indeed have most of my MGIB remaining and when all was tallied up, I only had to pay about 10K out of my pocket; The atmosphere with on-line learning is not for everyone; you do have to exercise an enormous amount of self-disclipine. Are all the professors equal and grade as my high school english teacher did--No; are some of the students just checking the box and submitting the mininum-sure; easy to pick out; the proof in the pudding so to speak comes out when group projects are required. While I cannot speak of the other offerings but the doctoral program includes on-line library so few books to purchase; all papers are ran through a plagarism checker so any folks trying to take a shortcut are weeded out; would I recommend the program and University to someone--most assuredly yes; but for reasons NOT related to for profit; at the end of the day the more YOU put into it, the more YOU will get out of it..