Thursday, October 15, 2009

Diploma Mills and Debt Peonage

Danny Weil has a great article at Counterpunch on diploma mill "professional" colleges and universities.

I believe strongly in public education. I find it sickening that public dollars are supporting--in the form of hefty student loans--diploma mills that end up robbing the unfortunate students who pay upward of 30,000 for useless degrees.

Why are these degrees useless? They are useless because students do not learn to write, to read, to think critically, to reason, etc at these fraudulent "universities." Moreover, students do not find the jobs or wages promised by the "university" recruiters. That is how the students end up in debt peonage.

How do I know? I know because I have had many students recount their experiences at these places before transferring to ASU.

Federal and state dollars should not support loans for students at "universities" or "colleges" that lack formal professional/academic certification.

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