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March 17, 2012


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While I agree with the critique that some for-profit colleges are more interested in making money than in educating students, the author only reinforces the claim by the industry that its critics are elitist snobs. The inclusion and open derision of the students' comments and aspirations was incredibly unnecessary and mean-spirited.

I'm so sorry you feel that it was mean and elitist to include the students' comments. I found them tragic. They are sad testament to the quality of the education these kids are getting, though they reflect not at all on the students' personal qualities. For all I know, these kids are wonderful, hard-working and intelligent. The problem is, you can't tell any of these things from their writing, and one of the reasons you GO to college is to learn to write persuasively. Of course, Phoenix will never give them a job. Phoenix recruits from Brown and other non-profit or state schools. From what I can tell, Phoenix deserves even more open derision than I was able to dish out to it.

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