Here is a Nightline (ABC) investigation that has been a hot topic on the Nontrad Facebook group. I know a lot of nontraditional students are going back to school online. Some find it hard to attend face-to-face classes.
But are all online, for-profit schools playing fair with nontrad students? This investigative piece will get you thinking, and should warn you that all for-profit schools are not the same. Some may try to mislead students. What do you think about it? Are you going to the University of Phoenix or another online school? Do you think these schools will be looking into the way students are treated at their schools?
Recruiters may not always have your best interests at heart. Thought it may be harder in the short run, new nontraditional students might want to consider attending a traditional school, where there is more help, and better preparation too. Many of them do have online classes, plus face-to-face classes. See what you think:
(You will be re-directed to YouTube to watch this video.)
I was sure surprised that a major school online was part of this investigation. It doesn't make them look good. I hope it does inspire some changes in the way some schools do business. I know that all school advisors are not liars, and do not try to pull one over on students.
But what I saw on this show made me feel that students should really investigate their schools themselves, and ask some good questions, like is my school accredited? Will my credits transfer? It is more important than ever that all students ask themselves, Is this the best school for me?
This makes me feel that older students need to be their own best friend, and make sure that the classes offered will do what they think they will, and help them find a good job.
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