For-profit schools deserve scrutiny

It looks like the verdict is in: For-profit education is slowly on its way out as people realize the implications it can have on its students’ futures. The Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business emailed its students on Dec. 30, informing them that the schools would no longer offer courses in criminal justice. However, for remaining students, there will be some available options.

For-profit institutions were heavily criticized in Minnesota after it became clear that some of them were misleading students about their job prospects and the transferability of their credits, the Minnesota Daily reported last year.

Other criticisms have alleged that for-profit schools use “deceptive” and “high-pressure sales tactics” in order to take advantage of the federal loan money and potential tax benefits that being a university offers.

One suit against the schools by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson alleges cases of the schools sucking veteran’s G.I. bill funds dry and then leaving them jobless.

It should be clear at this point that although for-profit schools have enjoyed a period of growth for the past decade, their questionable programs have caved under scrutiny and clearly should not be allowed in Minnesota if proven so problematic.

Moreover, for-profit “schools” should acknowledge their practice of hiding under the guise of education while providing degrees that are not accredited and unfit under Minnesota regulations.

We urge Minnesota lawmakers to continue to scrutinize the business practices of these institutions and to put an end to any predatory practices they may be employing.