Life experience does not translate into college credit – bummer, right?

The way I see it, I could easily have more than the one master’s degree I currently hold in human relations. If life experience is factored in, that would about equal, say, an MBA, thanks to my many years and opportunities in the retail industry. Probably I could add another one in marriage and family counseling (being married to the same woman for many years is a source of pride but also requires hard work and dedication) and perhaps a third in preschool and early childhood education since I have two young daughters.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Not if you apply to a for-profit college or university. Then, whatever work history and life experience you have may be counted for course credit. At least that is what I have been told by prospective students. We have been asked why we don’t do the same which is a topic for another day.

While it’s not new news that for-profit education institutions are under fire for alleged predatory practices, what is interesting is that the for-profit higher education world continues to face some pretty fierce scrutiny.

Low graduation rates, exorbitantly high tuition rates and large numbers of student loan defaults are just some of the issues federal regulators are examining.

Consider that the money that is offered as loans is actually federal money. That is why the federal government has been getting involved with this industry. This CNN video reveals some rather unsavory practices obtained through undercover reporting.

In this economy, going back to school is appealing. You probably have seen, and heard, a lot of advertising – from for-profit trade schools to universities – and wonder, “Will this certification or degree help me get a job?” Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

Of course, at the College of Liberal Studies, we cannot guarantee you will get a job, promotion, career, or anything of the like; what we can do, however, is guarantee you a respected education. The rest, they say, is up to you!

Update: The College of Liberal Studies was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies in 2017.