Attorney general in my state is one of those signing the complaint. Good for him!
I am an adjunct instructor at ITT-Tech. So many people seem to be misled about what is really going on inside the campus doors. I have been waiting years for improvements. The new math curriculum packages I have received this year, just last month actually, are so bad I can't in good conscience stand up in front of students and continue to teach from them. I am done with this school.
Administration does not seriously want input from their instructors, and academic freedom is severely limited. We can make try to improve the curriculum we are provided with, for a specific class, but that isn't enough to really help these students. The programs are poorly designed; the math series, which I teach, is seriously flawed. And this is supposed to be a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math ) school! Modany doesnt't care. Change from within is hopeless. That is why I am quitting at the end of the quarter. Oh, that's right -- I am a part time faculty with no benefits. I can't actually quit, I have no job guarantee for next quarter. Rather, I have told my supervisor that I won't be available next quarter.
ITT-Tech is charging huge tuition, from 45,000 students, and their 2015 10-K annual report says the yearly revenue was $850,000,000 -- nearly a BILLION dollars -- mostly in student loans. Yet ITT-Tech still can't figure out how to deliver a quality education geared to non-traditional students. Or they don't care. Superficially their programs sound okay, with flexible hours and night classes, high tech career offerings, free tutoring, etc, etc. Mostly hype. Educating non-traditional students, in STEM fields no less, is an intense process, and ITT-Tech is only interested in getting money, not spending it.
Non-traditional students need extra services - legitimate counseling (not by untrained sales reps), carefully designed curriculum ( ITT-Tech DOES NOT HAVE this), extensive training for instructors in teaching students ( which ITT-TEch does not provide in meaningful way), effective strategies for fixing math deficiencies of admitted students (not done at ITT-Tech). The vast majority of faculty are short term, part time faculty receiving low pay and no benefits, and getting little respect from administration. They are provided a required curriculum that is low quality.
The continuing problems with nursing program show how entrenched ITT Tech's problems are. I wonder if there are any ITT-Tech employees, at the headquarters in Indiana or anywhere else, who have the level of expertise in education held by typical curriculum expert in many public school districts.
ITT-Tech's propaganda machine says they are saints for providing this opportunity to students, and it's the students' fault if success doesn't happen. Way to go, Modany, nice way to treat the students you admit! Some of your students are homeless, or haven't had math for 30 years! And you tell them failure is all their fault. You have stated that your student outcomes, for gainful employment rules, should be at lower standards than other colleges, since you are serving non-traditional students. It seems you don't want to take responsibility for student outcomes, only for keeping stockholders happy.