Friday, August 20, 2010

The Potential Risk of For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Central Dallas Ministries' Public Policy Department has recently begun a public awareness effort to educate our staff and neighbors about the potential perils of for-profit colleges and universities.

Often there is the misperception that working class and low income people aren't interested in education or improving their lot in life. What is true in more cases than many realize, is they are lured into these education institutions with promises of quick graduation, easy access to student loans and jobs at the end. All too often the truth at the end of their experience is the easy access to student loans and the debt they accrue with them.

This news segment from a west coast CBS affiliate reflects what we are hearing more and more to be the rule rather than the exception.

Over the past couple of weeks, we've met with young people and adults in Roseland Homes, the public housing neighborhood where our Education program is headquartered and those who have accessed other CDM services about for profit colleges. Our goal is to help them make more informed choices regarding higher education.

More to come. But we'd like to know: Do you have any experiences with for-profit colleges (good or bad)? What about your friends or relatives? We want to hear from you!

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