After reading the various reports/rebuttals about DeVry I wanted to submit an unbiased version about my experience.
I graduated from DeVry Calgary in June of 2004, since DeVry Ontario was not granted degree granting status as was promised by Stephen Wong a DeVry sales rep. To make a long story short I spent 3 years and roughly $48,000 for my EET (Electronics Engineering Technology) degree which I earned with a GPA of 3.4.
DeVry promised so much but failed drastically which is why it no longer operates here in Ontario. This leads to several interesting points of discussion. For many of the programs a relevant co-operative education was never in place as promised. By trying to keep the programs up to industry standards, DeVry strayed from their traditional hands on approach to more of a theory based ciriculum (they taught a little bit of everything but not enough of anything).
I had professors who would seldomly attend the scheduled laboratory period and one professor who could be found playing chess or table tennis more often than helping students in the lab where he was being paid to be. There were some excellent professors at DeVry but unfortunately in my final few semesters the majority were laid off and replaced by unqualified staff to fill in the gap since DeVry realized it was closing it's doors and wanted to save $$$ MONEY $$$
The career services department at DeVry offers 6 months of job placement assitance, but in reality you are on your own. There was only 1 career lead relevant to my degree with 1 opening for about 14 DeVry graduates from different programs sent to the interview. As far as job placement sucess, DeVry considers you employed in your field even if your a shipper/receiver working for an IT company, a telemarketer selling electronics or if you decided to further your education etc.
Of all my classmates about 80% ended up working as a CSR (Customer Service Rep) or in Sales regardless of GPA or program of study, with myself included. It is ironic that many of my peers are also the ones who appeared in those DeVry commercials saying "I want to go into Robotics, be a systems specialist etc. I go where employers go."
I graduated with a class of great people and formed many strong relationships at DeVry. We would openly discuss DeVry and how everyone felt betrayed and swindled by this corporation. People felt used as part of a cash grab and realize you can't sue DeVry and win therefore, life goes on. I have the right to call DeVry by what it really was DeFraud.
My rebuttal to those who defend DeVry by its "proven" track success is that times have changed. You have left students with unjustified amounts of debt and went bankrupt here in Ontario only to be acquired by RCC (Radio College of Canada) after all your lying and stealing. People have the right to defend DeVry. Just take what they say with a grain of salt. I wish I did.
Anonymous (dangerous to tell the truth)