In January of 2017, the United States Department of Education came out with a list of hundreds of colleges that are considered to be failing. These colleges were put on the list because of the fact that the graduates from those schools are charging unreasonable tuitions that an alarming amount of their graduates cannot pay back.
The list particularly focuses on for-profit colleges. It includes a number of schools specializing in graphic design, cosmetology, barbering and lower level health professions. There are also for-profit schools such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan University.
A program run by Harvard has even made it onto this list. The program is called A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University. Each year, the program at Harvard admits two dozen students. It is a two year graduate program that gives students a choice of dramaturgy, voice pedagogy or acting. The average salary that graduates of this program make is $36,000. Students borrow about $78,000 for the degree, and the average two year tuition is $63,000. Owing to the fact that the program is a graduate program, students are allowed to borrow all of their expenses for living from the government—despite the conditions of their credit histories.
This fall, A.R.T Institute at Harvard University decided to pause enrollment, due to the fact that government regulations have put the program’s federal aid eligibility in a compromising position.
The Art Institute is also on the government’s list of failing schools. The Art Institute has no relation to A.R.T. Institute as Harvard University—it is a totally different institution with a name that sounds similar.
The problem is that the government is putting extra attention on for-profit schools while not paying attention to the fact that plenty of nonprofit schools are charging too much money and putting students into more debt than they can afford. There needs to be a change. The government should bring the hammer down on nonprofit schools, as well as for-profit schools.