Vets choose for-profits over public options

Thirty-one percent of military veterans enrolled in for-profit colleges in 2012, up from 23 percent three years earlier. Only 50 percent chose public colleges, down from 62 percent.

Critics blame aggressive marketing, but vets could be choosing more focused job-training programs.

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  1. I had several veterans when I taught at a CC. They said that they liked my class because I made the goals clear so that they knew what they had to do. I could see for-profits having the same appeal.

  2. All branches of the military use direct instruction to teach everything, across all specialties and at all levels from junior enlisted to senior officers. “This is what is to be learned (x,y, z )” , teaches same, summarizes same and tests same. It’s all very clear and those not passing the test don’t advance or get certified. The same method is used by the American College of Surgeons to teach their Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course (required of most ER professional staff and of most surgeons), and the corresponding course for cardiac care (ACLS) .

    The lack of ambiguity about what is to be learned an tested used to be a regular component of public schools (and I approve), even though there’s less and less of it today. I think it is an area in which I think that the Common Core will make significantly worse, with kids needing to figure out what the teacher/test really wants. Even in math, getting the correct answer, using the standard algorithm and showing all work may not get full credit.

  3. Vets, as with most older students, are looking for skills to improve their employment and enjoyment. They’ve matured enough to not want to waste time with what passes as instruction in most non-profit school. Long ago, I considered going back to the university for a graduate degree, but all the programs expected/demanded that the student would not be otherwise employed and would adapt to the school’s randomized schedule. This attitude has migrated to many universities. They aren’t interested in the adult student, so it is rational that adults would look elsewhere to a product that offers them value and “customer” service, i.e., not demand the student surrender control of their day to day life to the organization.

    Not to mention, the current university and Office of Civil Rights’ presumption that college students are not mature enough for free speech. What adult would want to matriculate in that environment.