FII Runs Audit On School and Partners To Bring an End to Aggressive or Dishonest Recruiting

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FII Is Working to Maintain Clear, Honest Messaging for Users

We want students to trust that we have their backs and will only do business with schools and partners that feel the same way

Recent attention has been placed on the education community, particularly upon for-profit colleges and universities with shady business practices. Diploma mills have taken advantage of so many students. From active duty military students trying to get a degree online to students who simply want to transition quickly into a new career, these schools have used faulty recruiting practices in order to lure in students to degrees that have no future. First Impression Interactive (FII) has always had a strong following within the education community. Students use research from FII sites to compare degree programs, schools, and online education. These schools and partners must be accurately represented to students.

For that reason, FII has begun a full audit on all of current colleges and partners. During this process, quality control will look for things like admissions selectivity, student satisfaction and engagement, student services, graduate rates, career placement rates, student reviews and complaints, accreditation and faculty expertise. Schools must pass in each category to remain a part of FII. Any schools that fall short in a category or have been named a diploma mill in the past will be further reviewed and possibly removed if recruiting practices are not changed.

Like President Obama, FII and its partners feel that students must be protected from schools that promise one thing but deliver another. It is also important that students conduct research on any institution that they plan to attend and give money to for an education. Most of FII’s partners are legitimate, accredited institutions with incredible degree programs, but there are plenty of other colleges and universities advertising to students without being able to deliver a degree that will allow them to get a job. However, they will take your money, and you won’t be able to get it back.

President Obama’s new executive order will investigate diploma mills who advertise specifically to military students, but there has been little done to protect other consumers who believe that they are earning a degree, only to receive a piece of paper that they can do nothing with. For this reason, students must be extra careful and ask for support from their Congressmen to change the way that these education schools are allowed to recruit to students. They shouldn’t be allowed to offer an accredited degree if it won’t be accepted by an employer or transfer to another college.

First Impression will always be committed to students. With over five sites that provide the most accurate and researched information available on financial aid, degree programs, colleges and universities, and online education, students can trust that FII will only do business with schools and partners that feel the same way.

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