So, a few years ago, I published a four-part article on for-profit online education. I removed the article from online but came across the Word document on my computer. I thought I'd share here lol Let me know what you think (good, bad, or otherwise). My writing wasn't and still isn't perfect, so feel free to critique that as well haha A Crime Against Students: The Case Against For-Profit Online Education - Part 1 Online education has become the fastest-growing component of higher education over the last decade. In fact, online enrollment has surpassed traditional campus-based program enrollment at several institutions. In Spring 2015 when I was employed at the University of [Deleted], I recalled receiving a newsletter that reported that the campus enrollment had fallen but online enrollment continued to increase over the past few years. College courses, by some estimate, is expected to be based 50% online by 2019. I could go on and on about online education enrollment but that’s not the intent of this article. I want to focus on the predatory for-profit colleges which have come under intense pressure during the Obama Administration. I follow almost every school on Facebook, including for-profits and I often feel a sense of duty to discourage prospective students from falling into the for-profit trap. Of course, I have been blocked by some of these schools when I try to convince these vulnerable students to look at other options. I would block me too if I was operating a business that sells degrees at a profitable cost and I was trying to prevent me from making a sale. I’m sure we’ve all heard of the University of Phoenix, the now-defunct ITT Tech, and Corinthian College – three of the largest players in the for-profit education industry. There are several reports and articles available online that expose the unethical behavior of for-profit colleges. Tressie McMillan Cottom, a professor of sociology at the Virginia Commonwealth University talks about the exorbitant price tag that comes with a for-profit education. In her book, Lower Ed The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, Dr. Cottom explains how for-profit colleges sell their education to the most vulnerable – generally women and the racial minority. Students at for-profit colleges usually have higher student debts than their counterparts at non-profit or public universities. They are also more likely to drop out of their programs of study without completing their degrees. Although several for-profit colleges have seen a sharp decrease in their enrollment, there are over 2 million Americans enrolled at for-profit colleges. That’s one too many. What are the alternatives? I think there are endless alternatives since almost every college in the United States offers at least one program online. For-profit colleges might seem attractive since they usually don’t have a selective admission process. By that I mean, they might not require the GRE or other standardized tests, no recommendation letters or writing samples to be admitted to their graduate programs. My advice to those considering attending a for-profit school is to do some research on the alternatives (there are many). I am in no way suggesting that all for-profit schools are bad, in fact, I have attended two for-profit schools. In my next article, I will go into details about choosing a non-profit or a public university. I will also share my for-profit experience, my stay away list, and my list of okay for-profit colleges.