Posted: 02/06/15 22:14, Edited: 02/06/15 22:17
by Dave Mindeman
When you write a small blog like this, you, at times, wonder if anybody is reading it. You can get a general feel of how many people visit the site, but who is actually reading it, is still a bit of a mystery.
Well, I did find out one thing. The Globe University Media Department read this post - Globe U Ends Scam Justice Program - Kline Is Silent....and apparently are not fans.
I know this because I got this e-mail from them today....
From: Naomi McDonald
Director of Communication
Globe Education Network
Please see attached and make the necessary corrections to your story regarding the Globe University and Minnesota School of Business criminal justice program.
Here is the attatchment that she sent:
Date: February 6, 2015
Statement from Globe University-Minnesota School of Business
Re: Enrollment Discontinuation of Criminal Justice Program
On January 7, 2015, Globe University and Minnesota School of Business formally ceased enrolling new students in the Associate in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs at all residential campuses in Minnesota.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2015, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published the story "Twin Cities business schools halt enrollment for controversial criminal justice program," which inaccurately reported our colleges cancelled the criminal justice degree programs. Several updates have been made to the inaccurate report; the latest under the erroneous headline
"Globe University, Minnesota School of Business close programs and strand students."
The Globe University and Minnesota School of Business criminal justice programs are not and have never been cancelled. To cease enrollment means we will no longer offer the program to new students at this time. It does not mean we are ceasing course offerings or support to current students. The decision to cease enrollment of new students does not
impact students currently enrolled in our criminal justice associate and bachelor's degree programs. We remain committed to providing our criminal justice students with top-tier education and support through graduation.
The Star Tribune's article also infers that the decision was made due to "increasing scrutiny since Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit accusing them of using high-pressure sales tactics to mislead students about their job prospects after graduation." This is inaccurate. As a career college, we are committed to offering degree programs that align with student and employer demand. We continuously evaluate our degree programs based on enrollment, retention, and placement of our students and graduates. In this case, we determined we would not be able to continue to provide the same level of student experience in the criminal justice degree program due to waning prospective student interest.
We are committed to the success of our current criminal justice students and will continue to support these students as they work toward completion of their degree, and ultimately join the state's workforce. It is unfortunate the state's most prominent newspaper would publish a report without the proper facts.
Obviously, Globe's Media People are really after the Star Tribune story,(Click Here) but since I referenced it in my blog post, I guess they thought they might as well hit me with it too.
So, should there be a retraction?
There might be a "technical" correction. Technically, the Criminal Justice Programs are not "shut down" completely. Current students are allowed to continue. They will not be accepting new students because after the current students are finished, there will be no Criminal Justice Program. So, yes it is "shut down" for the future.
But what are the current program's students supposed to do? They continue to pay tuition for a program that has no future, has no recognition from state law enforcement, and most likely will have no job prospects. How is that a good thing?
Yes, the program is not cancelled....but maybe it should be....and give those current students tuition credit to move to a different program...now.
Globe also does not like the references made to Attorney General Lori Swanson's scrutiny of the University. Globe seems to be insinuating that this has had no effect on their decision making process - "This is inaccurate" - is the way they put it.
But seriously, it wasn't considered? I mean here is a program that has no future - Attorney General scrutiny; DOD scrutiny; negative media publicity. I mean, really, who are they kidding?
Media relations people often test the bounds of credulity when they question a story that puts them in a bad light. They will pounce on a word here or there, but it is hard to deny the factual impact of what happened with the Globe Criminal Justice Program. It preyed upon vulnerable veterans...convincing them that their program would give them a job in law enforcement and happily took their GI Bill money to pay for it.
Hey, Globe. As long as you're listening, how about sending your buddy, John Kline, a note and have him contact me with some retraction requests. I'd love to talk to him about how he gets all those campaign contributions from you and supposedly looks out for veterans.
We could have a nice talk.