NYT: veterans used as cash cows by for-profit schools

<p>Article today about how for-profits are milking tuition benefits for vets at the cost of any real benefits, for either the vets or the government.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/education/09colleges.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/education/09colleges.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

But the admissions advisers — who have actually made the calls — said in interviews that the extremely high enrollment targets set by their bosses all but forced them at times to sign up veterans for programs or classes they knew they were not qualified for. </p>

<p>“They weren’t going to make it, and we knew it,” said NaQuan Hudson, who worked as an admissions adviser in the military recruitment office there until August 2009, after the university had started to sign up students under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. “I knew I had no business enrolling some of these students. But everything here is about numbers. You make your numbers, or you are out of a job.” </p>

<p>The recruiters — five of whom spoke on the record — said their goal was not to simply enroll students in online classes, but to get them to log in at least once, do their first assignment and remain for a full week. That way, the government could not get a refund.


<p>Education for the vets? Not important. Ethical use of government money? Not important.</p>

<p>Profit? Priceless.</p>