Last Build Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 16:15:51 GMTCopyright: Copyright 2002 Managing Higher Education
Surprisingly, community colleges are among the most aggressive recruiters abroad, despite the fact that the primary mission of these public two-year schools traditionally has been to serve their localities by offering open admissions, vocational training and low tuition...But some community colleges buttress their recruitment by misrepresenting transfers to more celebrated schools, waiving English-language requirements, or paying recruiters commission, a practice discouraged by the best-known ethics code of the admissions trade, since such payments can lead to students enrolling in schools they cant handle.
It's also illegal if you participate in the fedearl student aid programs. In fact, you can be kicked out of eligiblility for the Pell Grant program and the Federal Stafford Student loans program. Hardly an effective strategy for a community college with a population that depends on federal student aid. [Update: It appears they are only paying commission on foreign students which does not effect eligibility]
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State budget cuts this year are prompting galloping tuition increases at many of the Midwest's biggest public universities, sharpening concerns over growing student debt and access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.
Who do we blame for tuition increases when the state manitains or increases funding? Who do we blame when the economy is good? The sad fact is institutions of higher education have strayed from their core mission of teaching and research.
Tuition hikes are another easy out. Only students and professors squawk, and they're too young to vote or too cloistered to win public sympathy.
It's just sad.