Kaplan [has a] sprawling network of for-profit “universities”

Scathing Online Schoolmarm dislikes quotation marks, but these work.

[The Washington Post, whose parent company owns Kaplan, is now] in the business of profiting off of lower-income students who pay for diplomas, often obtained via online classes… [C]orruption and abuses … pervade the for-profit education industry in general and Kaplan in particular (saddling poor people with debt in exchange for nothing of real value).

Since Kaplan gets virtually all of its money from federal dollars, it’s got to suck up to the government. Greenwald points out that this need doesn’t do much for claims of journalistic independence:

How can a company which is almost wholly dependent upon staying in the good graces of the U.S. Government possibly be expected to serve as a journalistic “watchdog” over that same Government? The very idea is absurd.

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One Response to “Glenn Greenwald, in Salon, on the For-Profit Fraud.”

  1. dave.s. Says:

    This blogger: http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapril11/students-exploited4-11.html like you and me thinks kids are often being snookered in taking on student loans. He is more like me than like you in thinking about the crap lives that kids who went to third-tier nonprofits will face when they try to pay off their loans after graduating – or dropping out after two or three years. It’s not just Kaplan, it’s Chico State.

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