The For-Profit College Job Placement Rate Scandal Revisited

Now that the U.S. Department of Education has taken decisive action against Corinthian Colleges for cooking the books on its job placement rates, I thought that it was worth revisiting a series of posts we ran on our retired blog Higher Ed Watch in 2011 warning of an emerging “for-profit college job placement rate scandal.” I hope these posts are helpful reminders that this is not just a problem at Corinthian Colleges but throughout the for-profit higher education industry.

It’s important to recognize that the Education Department’s investigation is not the first to reveal that Corinthian Colleges has been inflating its job placement rates. This article, which ran in the New Republic in January 2014, recounts how the California Attorney General’s Office in 2007 accused the company of deliberately and persistently misleading prospective students and regulators about these rates.

These posts and article show that questions about for-profit colleges’ job placement rates aren’t new, and they go far beyond Corinthian Colleges.

[Cross-posted at Ed Central]

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Stephen Burd

Stephen Burd is a senior policy analyst in the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation.