I don't understand how ITT can be operating still, even by ACICS standards. ACICS has to be participating actively in the fraud. Disgusting and frightening how long this has gone on.
ITT-Tech reminds me of the sports doping scandals in the news. Regulators keep trying to find tests to detect doping, while the dope providers keep coming up with new ways of doping to foil the regulators. Sports heroes turn out to be dope users for decades before they are finally caught. This level of deception requires a huge number of businesses and individuals complicit in the fraud, at the same time an enormous amount of denial. Isn't this same thing going on in for-profit, publicly traded career "colleges?" ACICS has to be complicit in this scam.
ACICS standards for retention are 60%, or programs can be shut down. My understanding is that retention refers to students who continue their programs into the second year. At the campus I worked at, half the students had dropped by the time the second year rolled around.
Is this some kind of loop hole for ITT-Tech? ACICS also has standards on placement rate, of 60%, but this is easy to fudge (students who have any kind of job using direct or indirect skills count.) Disclosures on ITT Tech websites show placement, not retention!
It seems like it would be easy for ACICS to nail ITT-Tech on retention, since it is not so easy to fudge -- students are enrolled or they aren't! Also it seems ACICS could nail ITT-Tech on low nursing exam pass rates -- pass rate data is even publicly posted, so no hiding from that!
ITT-Tech used to change around their program offerings all the time -- I think this was to avoid being held accountable for any kind of standards.
Is retention still a public secret? Is ACICS giving schools a break on this, letting them slide by with "improvement plans?" Most websites, like College Navigator and College Scorecard, don't show retention yet, unfortunately. ITT-Tech campus disclosures don't show retention.
But everyone knows the graduation rate is really low at ITT-Tech, 36% on average. This is on government websites and articles have been written on it (Propublica, / This usually refers to students who graduate from 2 year programs by the time 3 or 4 years have gone by. It seems likely that by the time one year has gone by, the retention would be less than 60%.
Eventually the fraud at ITT-Tech will be exposed conclusively, just like doping in sports finally came out. Unbelievable that it is taking so long, when the victims here are hundreds of thousands of former students, with ruined lives, along with millions of taxpayers. Obviously there has to be enormous amounts of denial, along with many, many individuals and businesses complicit in this fraud.