Many colleges and universities are owned and controlled by state governments. Others are owned by private nonprofit organizations. Corporations that are created by investors own and control for-profit colleges and universities, which have a primary obligation to generate money–a return on the investment of their stockholders. Several documentary films explain the ways that many for-profit colleges recruit and harm students.
For-Profit Colleges–What you should know
If you are trying to decide whether to enroll in college, and if so, which college, read this! For-profit colleges are aggressively recruiting Black students and veterans. Many of these schools offer attractive loan packages for high tuition and courses that may also be available for low or no cost at a community college. To understand how these institutions work, primarily for the benefit of their investors, read For-Profit Colleges_ What Every Student Should Know – OnlineColleges.net. The documentary film, College Inc., and the documentary, A Subprime Education shows how these companies have affected students who enrolled. This is an update of the 2010 Frontline documentary, College Inc. College, Inc., documents the promise and explosive growth of the for-profit higher education industry. Through interviews with school executives, government officials, admissions counselors, former students and industry observers, the film explores the tension between the industry — which says it’s helping an underserved student population obtain a quality education and marketable job skills — and critics who charge the for-profits with churning out worthless degrees that leave students with a mountain of debt. Watch this film and share your experience with college recruitment.
For a view of the aggressive recruitment and consequences for veterans and family members using the G.I. Bill watch Educating Sergeant Pentzke.