Posted: 07/24/14 00:38, Edited: 07/24/14 00:39
by Dave Mindeman
Globe University, a Minnesota For-Profit College, is again (and I do mean again) under scrutiny for its marketing practices. Attorney General Lori Swanson made the case....
Swanson described a "sales-oriented culture" on their campuses, which she says aggressively pursued potential students with deceptive claims about jobs they would land and their ability to transfer credits to other schools. "This school left some people deep in debt with promises that did not materialize," Swanson said as she announced the lawsuit.
Globe University is a constant contribution to the campaign of Congressman John Kline. So, let me ask the question. Where's John Kline?
And like I said, this isn't Globe University's first foray into trouble...
Swanson pointed to other legal troubles for Globe over the years, including a jury verdict last year awarding $400,000 to former dean Heidi Weber, who said she was fired after raising concerns about the school's recruitment practices and other issues.
Again, the question needs to be asked....where's John Kline?
Not only is Kline taking money from these For-Profit charlatans, but he continues to protect them as chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee. He is aware of these scam practices but not only does he do nothing about it, but he defends them when efforts are made to reign them in.
Since these For- Profit Colleges target veterans and low-income students, Kline claims that putting restrictions on them would only hurt the students.
So, where is the statement from John Kline?
Meanwhile, the For-Profits rake in record amounts of guaranteed Federal loans which they profit from even with student default. In fact, they account for a majority of all student loan defaults.
Students rack up mountains of debt while, in the case of Globe University, they can't even get an accredited degree for the field they have chose.....
She (Swanson) said school recruiters steered students who wanted to become police officers into bachelor's programs that lacked Minnesota accreditation. In addition, they recommended two-year associate degrees to would-be probation officers, although the state and most counties require at least a bachelor's degree for such jobs. A criminal justice associate degree program at the two schools costs $35,100; a bachelor degree program costs $70,200.
Is somebody asking John Kline to comment?
John Kline's footprints are all over the student debt problem. He is responsible for interest rate increases. He defends his donors when they exploit students. And he looks the other way as the loan defaults add to our debt burden.
When it comes to For-Profit colleges, the person that should be asked about solving the problem is never asked to comment.
Where's John Kline?