Archive for the 'Lifelong Learning' Category

Still thinking about going to Walmart’s online university?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Don’t. A professor explains it nicely for you in Forbes (of all places): As a college professor, I’ve been following the growth of these companies, and here’s this professor’s blunt conclusion: they offer low-quality, almost worthless degrees. They have virtually no academic standards. They will accept anyone who can pay, and they seem to care […]


Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Jonathan has been writing extensively about Walmart’s academic snowjob and the scam of private universities sucking the cash out of desperate workers terrified that they’ll never escape, let alone retire, from their no-future jobs. So when I read Doonesbury this morning, I knew what Zonker needed. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Walmart worker is to for-profit college as chicken is to Colonel Sanders.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Inside Higher Ed explains that the government has apparently now proven that for-profit colleges are a scam: Undercover investigators posing as students found that employees at all 15 for-profit colleges visited for the investigations made “deceptive or otherwise questionable statements” to students about accreditation, graduation rates, employment outcomes, program costs or financial aid. $5 says […]

You know what comes next, don’t you?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Something occurred to me when I was watching this (thanks Bob): The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

I only wish he had named names.

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Cross-posted from my other blog. “[For-profit colleges] serve a purpose and some do a good job, but there’s obviously an incredible number of bad actors and I would like to shut them down.” – Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), at yesterday’s Senate hearing on for-profit colleges. While you might discount this because you think that Franken […]

“Is ‘Wal-Mart U.’ a Good Bargain for Students?”

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Um…no. From the Chronicle of Higher Education (welcome back to my world): [S]everal experts pointed out that public colleges might provide a more affordable option. The Western Association of Food Chains, for example, has a partnership with 135 community colleges in the western United States to offer an associate degree in retail management completely online, […]

He doesn’t have to take out student loans.

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Some dude with ties to management guru Peter Drucker thinks Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program is a smashing idea: Wal-Mart says that the advantage to employees of racking up credits in such subjects as retail inventory management and customer relations while on the job is that it will put them “on a faster track to earning […]

Working at Walmart won’t make you enough money to pay for your student loans…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

…assuming you can still get a student loan. This may the best news ever to come out of the Obama Administration’s Education Department (which strikes me as the third Bush term in all other important matters). Apparently, they want to pass a rule that ought to kill Walmart and American Public University’s online college/debt peonage […]

History majors? Walmart don’t need no stinking history majors.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

My source for Walmart memos has dropped three different ones on me that are designed for soliciting workers to enroll in the Lifelong Learning Program. I may come back to them tomorrow if I have the time, but reading all three together quickly I think I figured out what it’s all about. While I still […]

If you already have a “good” job, why do you have to go to college?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

According to Tom Mars, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Wal-Mart U.S., the nation’s largest retailer has no plans to extend its offering outside the company. Instead, they want to feel the impact within the corporation, noting that the influence of earning a college degree will take their jobs from “good” to “great.” […]

Got $24,000?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The New York Times does the kind of math that gives me a headache: The university is offering students who already work in those areas at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club credits for real-world experience that will count toward their degrees. Students also are receiving a 15 percent discount in the credit-hour rate. With the credits […]

Somewhere Tom Friedman is smiling.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Everybody’s favorite outsourcing retailer has chosen a school for its employees that outsources too. Here (via NotionsCapital) is one of the “Benefits of choosing APU”: “APU has nearly 200 full-time and more than 600 faculty members teaching from around the world.” [Emphasis added] If you do distance education right, distance education actually takes more work […]

American Public University is very expensive.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Our friend Just Me found the final cost per credit hour of American Public University, but Wake-Up Walmart has done the direct comparison: Undergraduate tuition at APU is $250 per credit hour ($750 per 3 credit course). I called the community college near where I grew up, Edison Community College in Southwest Florida, and found […]

Yes, as a matter of fact I do plan on beating this horse for a long time. Why do you ask?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

From Inside Higher Education: Apparently, the ethics training Wal-Mart provides its employees will form the basis for some academic credits. I’ll repeat that for emphasis. The ethics training conducted by Wal-Mart will be given academic credit. Just let that one sink in for a few minutes. The blogger at Inside Higher Ed also makes a […]

No university should be listed on the NASDAQ.

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Let’s look at Wal-Mart’s American Public University deal from the University’s perspective. Here’s the school’s press release: According to a recent Walmart survey, 72% of the 32,000 associates responding said they preferred an online university over other options. The breadth of 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees that APU offers in a flexible online format should […]