Scammed by the Art Institutes?
The Art Institutes recently came under fire for supposedly carrying out unethical practices. The California-based college with a series of countrywide branches and a dedicated online outlet got hit by a federal lawsuit in 2011 for fraud. The school was accused of misrepresenting student load and other figures in order to get federal funding in the form of student aid. Despite the fact that the university has been in existence for more than 2 decades, there seems to be a disconnect in the number of graduates it churns out and the graduates who find jobs in their respective disciplines.
One such case is a recent figure pointing to the number of photography graduates to be 600 at their Pittsburgh campus. This was part of a testimony by a whistleblower named Ms. Kathleen A. Bittel who presented her findings to the U.S. senate. 600 photography graduates is an inordinate amount of graduates who might find it almost impossible to make a living in one city.
Some of the tactics that the university used to enroll students are questionable. For instance, marketing and recruitment professionals working for the university were trained to look for a prospective student’s weak spot and exploit it in order to influence them to sign up for courses. Other tactics that the university used included asking the recruiters to let students work out the price of a course by themselves so that they wouldn’t get the full picture of how much it cost to do a full degree, assuring the students that they could easily repay their student loans upon graduation since they wouldn’t have a problem getting high paying jobs.
Here are some of the other false claims that the university has reportedly made to students over the last few years:
- False claims of accreditation.
- False claims of credit and course transferability.
- Misrepresenting actual operational costs.
- Overall misrepresentation of the quality and value of the education provided.
A former employee of the university had her employment terminated in August for questioning the institution’s unethical practices. This lawsuit, as well as the federal lawsuit point to a level of rot within the Art Institute that needs to be dealt with.
If you believe that you’ve been a victim of the Art Institutes’ unethical practices, please get in touch with us so we can discuss the facts of your case. While we may not be able to help with every case, we’re happy to evaluate the facts of your case for no charge.