For-profit Colleges and Universities

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.

Join us for a free, online, educational screening of the award-winning documentary FAIL STATE. Limited spots available. RSVP Today!

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Event Date: October 26 – October 28

Event Description

The Project on Predatory Student Lending and the Fail State Documentary Team proudly present a free, online, educational screening of FAIL STATE, an award-winning documentary executive produced by news legend Dan Rather.

Over five years in the making, FAIL STATE investigates the for-profit college industry and the decades-long reports of student loan abuse within the sector. The film’s central thesis: aided by a cabal of politicians, nationwide disinvestment in public colleges and universities, and an unscrupulous desire to maximize profits at all costs, for-profit colleges have exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise of the for-profit college industry in American higher education and uncovers a story that the Los Angeles Times calls “truly eye-opening and crucial.”

The film premiered to sold-out shows at DOC NYC, SXSW EDU, Cleveland International, and debuted on STARZ in December of 2018.

A private link to the 90-minute documentary will be made available to registrants at 5pm EST on October 26th. The screening link will be emailed to all registrants.

Following the screening window, join us for a Zoom panel discussion and Q&A with special guests and the documentary’s director on October 28th, 8pm EST to 9pm EST. The Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants.

This event is free and open to the public. Virtual spots are limited to 300, so RSVP as soon as possible.

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Closed captioning screening link is available.

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a-subprime-education.pngFor-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 –  The documentary film, College Inc., and the documentary, Fail State, produced in 2018 show how the for-profit college industry works.  If you would like to discuss your options, email us with your request.

A 2016 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.

College Inc

For a view of the aggressive recruitment and consequences for veterans and family members using the G.I. Bill watch Educating Sergeant Pentzke.

Educating Sergeant Pantzke
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