Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Case involving Veteran education

The ongoing case of Pima Community College in Arizona just got stepped up a notch:

“Pima Community College Is Barred Temporarily From Enrolling Veterans”

“Pima Community College has been banned from enrolling military veterans for at least 60 days while the school tries to correct the problems that led to the sanction.”

“The Arizona Department of Veterans Services imposed the penalty because of the college's poor record keeping practices for students who are military veterans.”

“The deficiencies have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, money the federal government wrongly paid to veterans who weren't eligible to receive it because PCC didn't keep proper track of their status.”

“Federal rules on educational aid to military veterans require schools to notify the government, for example, when such students quit, flunk out or take courses that aren't part of an approved program of study.”

“The state move, announced by the college today, was in response to a federal request to review PCC's performance.”

“The ban does not affect currently enrolled veteran students.”

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked the state to intervene after two VA audits in a row found scores of problems, even after the college promised to fix them.”

This is not a for-profit institution, this a traditional community college, so this tells us it could happen anywhere.

Once again I stress that traditional and non-traditional institutions could work together to solve these issues instead of trying to tear each other down.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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