It’s an industry that seemingly can do no wrong in the eyes of regulators. That’s because for-profit colleges in Florida are mostly self-regulated. This package looks at how these colleges came to flourish in Florida.
HIGHER-ED HUSTLE (Landing page)
- Politicians turn Florida into for-profit college paradise
- Industry touts its success stories
- Ex-employees describe predatory playbook
- Desperate complaints and form-letter responses
- A closer look at complaints
- For-profit colleges flex political muscle
- Money, politics and Florida’s career colleges
Comments from the Judges:
“Devastating. Michael Vasquez’s research and reporting show the ugly harmful truth of these for-profit colleges. He could not have been more thorough in revealing the predatory behaviors of these colleges, and the politicians and private equity firms that enable them. The writing, videos and graphics created a clear portrait of a corrupt system that undermines struggling families caught in a ‘pain funnel’ that colleges exploit.”
“The breadth of the reporter’s work, and the newspaper’s commitment, is astonishing. Mr. Vasquez does a full autopsy of this pernicious and costly problem and doesn’t let any culprit – from Florida’s highest public officials to the paid-gun recruiters – walk away unblamed.”
“This is the type of investigative reporting that journalism so desperately needs to keep alive.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.