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Art Institute of California-San Diego Educational Management Corportation false admissions claims, bad practices, horrible outcomes San Diego, Califor
21st of Dec, 2010 by User230985

The Art Institute makes a lot of claims as to the quality of
the education that you will receive, the invaluable job placement, and the
quality of its facilities.The very fact
that this school is listed as a for profit college should have been a red flag
for me from the beginning.Let me just
start off by saying that I am a teacher.&nbspI'm not just a disgruntled unwed mother or a sniveling pot head who feels
that the world should be handed to him on a silver platter.I have been working in the industry that I
intended to major in for eleven years. My goal was to obtain a degree to so that I could get paid more and
learn from the instructor's vast years of experience.I expected to keep a low profile, keep my
head down and learn everything that I could in the three years that I would be
attending. Unfortunately, the Art Institute
has probably just done more harm to my career than if I had just stayed away
from it.


I do have to say that almost all of my instructors were,
indeed, very good technicians and teachers. This is the one claim that AI delivered on. As someone who has a background in the field,
I cannot say that my instructors were to blame for my frustrations. On the other hand, I believe that the instructor's
ability to teach is hindered by the corporation that they work for. You see, all of the Art Institutes operate under the same curriculum that has
been packaged by somebody at corporate with the help of some over paid
consultants, and the teachers really do not have the opportunity to teach to
their fullest because of this. A college
should be a place where knowledge is shared, enhanced, and nurtured. This particular college, in my opinion, is
not a college at all. It is an assembly
line of mediocre graduates who realize all too late that the industry either is
not for them, or get out into the workforce to discover that the skills they
acquired will not help them as much as their AI admissions rep claimed.


The very fact that AI calls these people Admissions reps
confounds me. Why would you need an
admissions rep for a school that accepts 99% of its applicants? No, these are a breed of salesman with more
cunning and less scruples than a used car salesman. When I signed up for the Art Institute, I did
a little research, I talked to some friends that attended, and I didn't really
care about the cost because my employer was footing the bill. I told my admissions
rep that I knew the program that I wanted to apply for and I was ready to
submit all the necessary paperwork. This
is where I received my second red flag. She launched into this obviously rehearsed and almost mechanical
sounding tagline for the school. She
drug me around the campus on a tour and fed me information that I, as a teacher
and someone who works in my field, knew had to be either willful falsifications
or complete ignorance of reality. She
was very nice though J
I gave her the benefit of the doubt and figured that she didn't really get out
of the office much, or she was probably new.


A school should foster learning and provide students with
educational opportunities, clean facilities, and access to the information
contained within its walls. That is why
I no longer consider this a school. Unlike many of the other similar trade schools, AI offers little or no
opportunity to extend learning or get involved in educational activates. That is, unless you are a female who shows
some interest in the male instructors. I
know that this is a strong accusation, and I wouldn't be making it if I hadn't
seen it happen on a number of occasions me. The school claims to have state of the art labs and resources to assist
in the learning process. As I am typing
this report in the school library, I am being swarmed by ants. The labs do not contain enough equipment, and
I have seen, on a number of occasions, teachers giving away school property to
students that they have good relationships with. I'm not usually one to tell someone how to do
their job, but when we don't even have the necessary supplies for each student
to participate in a lab assignment, why would you give that scarce commodity
away so that I student can take it home and not have to pay for it?


A great education and the latest technology await you at the
Art Institute.&nbspIf you never stepped outside
the walls of this institution, you would probably believe this horse squeeze.
Naturally, the majority of the students that go here have not had the
opportunity to see what goes on in the industry, and it is unfortunate that
this corporate giant is exploiting and misleading them. I don't have to worry about paying for my education,
but the people who do have to pay close to $100,000 for a bachelor's degree are
going to be varying upset if they decide to further their education or decide
to change careers. Some of them will be
even more upset when they are told by some employers that their AI degree is
not worth the paper that it is printed on. In the majority of cases, the courses that you attend at AI will not
transfer to any other college. In fact,
you will have a hard time transferring to another AI campus if you have to move
for any reason.If you want to go for a
Masters degreeforget about it. Unless
you want to go to another diploma mill, but it is my professional opinion that
you will be compounding your problems if you do that.


I just want to end this by saying that I am not completely
disgruntled. I did learn a great deal
from the instructors here, but if I actually had to pay for my own education, I
would definitely look at other options first. For most of the fields of study, you will probably not earn enough in
your first ten years to cover the cost of your loans and survive.Don't even think about it if you are trying
to raise a family. I know too many
people that find themselves in a catch 22 after a couple of quarters here
because they don't like it, but they already have over $16,000 invested and
they cannot transfer a single to credit to another institution.


Buyer beware.


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