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.
- “A Widening For-Profit Job Placement Scandal” (August 2011): I started the series after the Career Education Corporation revealed “improper practices” at a number of its schools related to their job placement rates. The post reports that this was not an isolated incident--similar misrepresentation was occurring at other for-profit college companies as well.
- “Tricks of the Trade School” (September 2011): How do for-profit college companies manipulate their job placement rates? This post reveals some common tricks.
- “Another Trick of the Trade” (September 2011): One for-profit college company found a creative way to inflate its rates: by paying employers to hire its graduates.
- “Is Anyone Minding the Store on For-Profit College Job Placement Rates” (September 2011): Accreditors and regulators have been asleep at the switch in monitoring for-profit colleges’ job placement rates.
- “Obama Administration Punts on Job Placement Rates” (October 2011): The Obama administration bungled an attempt to establish a standard methodology for career colleges to use when calculating these rates.
- “Who’s to Blame for Job Placement Rate Abuses at For-Profit Colleges?” (November 2011): For-profit college companies often blame “rogue” employees when improprieties are discovered in calculating these rates.
- "When it Comes to Job Placement Rates, It’s All About the Numbers” (November 2011): The drive to inflate job placement rates comes straight from corporate headquarters.
- “How the Widening Job Placement Rate Scandal Could Have Been Avoided” (November 2011): The Clinton Administration had a chance to prevent these types of abuses and messed it up.
These posts and article show that questions about for-profit colleges’ job placement rates aren’t new, and they go far beyond Corinthian Colleges."