Are For Profit Degrees Worth It?
Several charges are laid at the feet of the “For-Profit” college system. When compiled from various sources, the charges reverberate: “negative effects.” Among the charges are, unethical business practices and fraud; aggressive, illegal, unethical “recruiting practices; “marketing heavily to poor populations, and enrolling students and saddling them with debt.” For-profit institutions have no show of “long-term outcomes” critics say, and that they are tapping what amounts to be a “$500 Billion dollars” a year market: of Government’s Student loans and Pell Grants. Further, the schools are “pumping out degrees with learning outcomes a step above a paper mill.” (financemoney.com). But, is there another side?
A Contrarian’s View
I take a contrarian’s view. Agreeably, there are no excuses for what turned up in an investigation and Senate’s report from the Government Accountability Office: that “Recruiters from for-profit schools obtained $24 billion in student loan and grant money for the 2008-2009 school year” (ABC News Investigates); but “For-profit” institutions have their place in a free market. I cannot explore the depth here. So, “Are For-Profit Degrees Worth It? Let’s find out “at what cost? According to College Navigator, University of Nevada-Reno is the least expensive college in America and the most expensive college is, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville N.Y., according to Wikipedia. Both colleges are traditional, brick-and-mortar institutions, and yes! For-profit schools would cost more. So now it’s about career choice, location preference, and cost.
Regional Accreditation should be foremost to consider when looking at colleges: no matter if the institution is brick-and-mortar, online, private, for-profit or non-profit. But the focal question remains: Are For-Profit Degrees Worth It? My short answer is “yes!” Following are my thoughts.
Costs, is associated with everything and anything. So first,let’s attach cost to our “fully accredited degree.” Looking at face value, that’s an expense. Second, is: perception. I call this “intrinsic value” and connect it to quality. Third, is the degree “useful?” By this I mean am I able to transfer the information, knowledge, techniques, and skills into real life situations? Here, too, the short answer is yes! If unemployed, I’ll start my own company. No school can “guarantee” any one person a job or success. Degrees from regionally accredited schools potentially open doors of opportunities. Jones International University is one excellent regionally accredited “for profit” institution, I recommend it if you are looking for a school.
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