Dade Medical College Chairman Ernesto Perez’s Nov. 26 letter, Florida law ended an unfair monopoly, deserves more public discussion and awareness. Providing education for the less privileged and minorities is an important goal of higher education. However, the outcomes for many for-profit colleges don’t always benefit them.
Many suffer huge loan debt, poor graduation and board-exam pass rates and experience difficulty finding jobs.
Additionally, in the nursing programs, coursework and credits are not transferred to programs that have national accreditation in the instance that a student chooses to pursue further education in public and not-for profit programs.
Potential students need to pay attention to the outcomes of these programs and the potential for securing good employment. Many students in these programs never matriculate and often default on large loans that they will never be capable of repaying.
Unfortunately, these schools frequently prey on the less privileged and minorities that Perez claims to be helping.
Ann-Lynn Denker, Miami