Lambasting the diploma mill hacks “who are less interested in helping our men and women in uniform get ahead and more interested in making a buck,” President Obama uses this week’s address to talk about his Executive Order to “Stop Deceptive and Misleading Practices by Educational Institutions that Target Veterans, Service Members and their Families”.
Calling some educational institutions’ deceptive practices “appalling” and “disgraceful,” Obama describes how:
They bombard potential students with emails and pressure them into making a quick decision. Some of them steer recruits towards high-interest loans and mislead them about credit transfers and job placement programs. One of the worst examples was a college recruiter who visited a Marine barracks and enrolled Marines with brain injuries so severe that some of them couldn’t recall what courses the recruiter had signed them up for.
… and says that:
We’re making sure veterans and service members get a simple fact sheet called “Know Before You Owe” that lays out all the information they need about financial aid and paying for college. We’re requiring schools to offer counseling to help students finish their degree even if they have to move or deploy. And we’re stepping up our efforts to fight dishonest recruiters by strengthening rules about who can come on base and making it easier to file complaints.
Obama concludes by vowing to “make sure that anyone who serves this country gets every opportunity they deserve.” As well they should.
Complete transcript below the fold