Brown Mackie was not the worst mistake in my life.
But it's up there.
Daha, thank you for those articles. I keep reading. It just gets more and more disheartening as I go along. I knew for-profit colleges weren't quite up to par and I knew that Brown Mackie had its problem, but I didn't know these things.Things like:" EDMC (Brown Mackie's parent company) counted graduates as placed in relevant jobs if they worked for a single day, and if they worked a job that was completely disconnected from the student’s field of study.
and "EDMC claims other students were placed in jobs related to their degrees, such as a fashion marketing graduate, an accounting major and a business graduate. He says the EDMC data he provided show the fashion marketing student was actually selling shoes at a Converse outlet store, while the accounting graduate was working at McDonald's as a cashier.
And the most disheartening...my campus has, according to College Navigator, a 32% graduation rate. A 32% graduation rate from 2007 to date.
In the last year, only 20 people have earned an Associate's in my field of study from my campus.
And I hope I'm reading the site wrong, but it also looks like my program - Criminal Justice - is not accredited.http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Brown+Mackie&s=all&zc=66203&zd=20&of=3&id=154767#retgrad
I didn't Google. I didn't pay attention. I didn't take a half hour out of my day to do some research when I saw the Brown Mackie building on my way home from work one day.
I could kick myself. Kick myself wearing steel-toed boots. Steel-toed stilettos. Anything that would make me go "OW!" and pay attention.
I'll not go back to Brown Mackie, sunken costs or not. And I'm not sure if my credits are transferable, though I will call the local (regular) universities and ask.
I knew that the school was providing frighteningly sub par education when I saw students who wrote like this " The boys later was said was pyscopaths. I dont think they was i feel that they was being bullied for a long period of time,
" continuing to receive passing grades.
I knew the school was providing frighteningly sub par education when one of my teachers literally read the test out loud, word for word, complete with the answers
, as a "review" immediately before we took the test.
I knew the school was providing frighteningly sub par education when we found ourselves on the FOURTH dean in TWO YEARS.
But I kept holding out. I kept holding out for that amazing job placement. 97%, they said. Surely I could hold out and restrain myself from stabbing my illiterate classmates and just get through this. I could get A's. I got mostly A's. My teachers continually praised my writing skills, even as I knew it wasn't so much that I was good as that the average Brown Mackie student was bad.
But I thought "just hold out. Just keep on going. We're almost done."
What I really wound up holding out for was 30,000+ plus for a school that was not anything it promised to be.
I will be looking at legal resources, Daha. I'm not sure what I would level at Brown Mackie that would be legally binding, outside of the school forgetting a class and then essentially forcing me to either double time it or pay for it.
But it looks like I'm not alone in all this.