For-profit colleges and universities capitalize on recruiting “nontraditional students,” whether they be marginalized students, working professionals, single parents, veterans, or any number of other communities the institution deems ripe for exploitation. By promising advanced education with flexible schedules, these institutions practice “predatory inclusion”—providing an opportunity to those who have been historically excluded, but under circumstances that make it nearly impossible to achieve the promised benefit. For-profit institutions are thus purposefully increasing the racial wealth gap and doing so with federal government funds.
In the latest article from The [F]law, “The Price of Potential: A Look into the Predatory Purpose of For-Profit Schools,” Jessica Graham uncovers the strategies and tactics of educational institutions bent on fleecing those they claim to be helping.
Related Systemic Justice Project Resources
From The [F]law:
- Sarah Rosenkrantz, Harvard and the Housing Crisis
- Rosie Kaur, Big Law’s Capture of Students of Color
- Lisa Fanning, The Corporate Roots of Conservative Legal Thought
From The Systemic Justice Journal:
- Jon Hanson, Jacob Lipton, Sarah Paige, Getting Schooled
- The For-Profit Education Industry: How American Higher Education Created a Generation in Debt
- How to Get Away with Socioeconomically Discriminating Against Low Income Law School Applicants: Wealth Masking as Merit
- Charter Schools: Deep Capture of Education in Detroit