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    Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.


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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Yeah, a girl that I was dating not long ago teaches online English courses for Ashford. Seems kinda sketchy, even more so after reading that article.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Wow, that is really disturbing.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    I have heard nothing but terrible things about for profit colleges. I have told most of my family, if they know someone that thinks they want to go to one plead them not to. They largely pray upon anyone who will get them federal loan money.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    A diploma mill in Iowa? Who'd a thunk it? cf. Parsons College before it became Maharishi University. This time there are actual corporate raider types running this thing. Bad news for everyone concerned.


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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Wow, very interesting. I have a coworker here in Texas that is almost done with his degree from Ashford. I wonder if he knows about this stuff...



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    I'm sorry to say that I know all about Ashford, and it is definitely a scam. I spent $20,000 for tuition in the MBA program and graduated with a very high GPA. The thing is, if you pay the money, they almost guarantee you an A for every class - they know that students won't get reimbursed and won't keep spending if they don't get A's. There are no written quizzes or exams, only online postings and a few term papers. The "professors" don't teach you anything - they merely list a text book and tell you to read it yourself. They spend a few minutes reviewing the posts, but they don't look closely - some students even copied other posts. I went to the graduation and I was amazed at the enormity of the program. They are bringing in close to a billion dollars a year with no brick and mortar - the campus is a joke. Most of the professors are only part time/on line. My high school was more impressive.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    I can't believe places like this qualify for student loans. It's despicable.


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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Frontline did a piece on for profit colleges awhile back, and it reran last week. They're making a killing off of government student loans while many of their students end up defaulting.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl.../synopsis.html



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Are there any of these online universities that are legitimate? It seems with today's technology that there is no reason it shouldn't be able to be done well.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthJerseyCy View Post
    Are there any of these online universities that are legitimate? It seems with today's technology that there is no reason it shouldn't be able to be done well.
    It is done well...by legit universities including Iowa State. Do people who get degrees from degree mills honestly think that is going to look good on a resume?

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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Quote Originally Posted by drednot57 View Post
    A diploma mill in Iowa? Who'd a thunk it? cf. Parsons College before it became Maharishi University. This time there are actual corporate raider types running this thing. Bad news for everyone concerned.
    That entire campus/cult is a scam in itself. Maharishi couldn't even come back into the US because if he did he'd be arrested for tax evasion. As a former Fairfieldian I have had to deal with many of the maharishis...they are nice people and everything but that entire campus/cult (don't let them tell you it's a religion, by all sociological standards it's a cult) is just fishy.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    ISU should do this to fund bowling in JT.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    It is done well...by legit universities including Iowa State. Do people who get degrees from degree mills honestly think that is going to look good on a resume?

    "Says here you paid for a phony PhD., you're hired!"
    Sadly, many of the students don't know any better, and succumb to the high pressure sales tactics and promises. Often they are people who weren't able to get into community colleges, and have very little knowledge of higher education among their families and friends.



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    Re: Tiny college in Iowa, with 76,000 students.

    Quote Originally Posted by mksmith2 View Post
    That entire campus/cult is a scam in itself. Maharishi couldn't even come back into the US because if he did he'd be arrested for tax evasion. As a former Fairfieldian I have had to deal with many of the maharishis...they are nice people and everything but that entire campus/cult (don't let them tell you it's a religion, by all sociological standards it's a cult) is just fishy.
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