Are you job searching after receive a degree from Grand Canyon University?
How would you like to inform potential employers that you graduated from a university that was sued by the United States Department of Education for fraud? Think that will enhance your chances of getting a job in a tight job market?
In August 11, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education filed a qui tam action under the False Claims Act for GCUs receiving millions of dollars from the U.S. DOE while paying incentives and bonuses to enrollment counselors for any warm body who applies to get a degree at GCU (such incentives and bonuses are illegal and out of compliance with federal mandates).
It was alleged in the federal civil complaint filed against GCU that GCU (1) knowingly made false statements to get a false or fraudulent claim paid, and (2) knowingly submitted false records to get a false or fraudulent claim paid.
GCU settled out for $5.2 million.
Now imagine that you are job searching and your potential boss knows that (a) any warm body was allowed to enroll at GCU and (b) online instructors who give real grades are fired (I was one of them).
How serious is your potential boss going to take your transcript which shows you received all As and Bs from GCUand hundreds of other graduates from GCU also show all As and Bs on their transcripts?
So, tell me about your experiences as an online student at GCU, your potential boss states.
Oh, the online professors are really nice. And if they dont pass you, you can make a complaint on them and get them fired.
Oh, says your potential boss. I see several misspelled words on your job application and youre your statement of purpose. Why is that?
Well, because, at GCU, we get graded according to a grading rubric and misspelled words only count for a miniscule number of points. A student can therefore still receive an A on his or her papers, even if spelling is a problem.
And did you learn how to write reports? This job will require you to submit weekly reports that must read well.
Oh, yes! you contend. I participated in CLCsCollaborative Learning Communities. Oftentimes, there are six people who write a paper as a group. Sometimes its only one person who is really doing all of the writing, but all of the rest of us get the same grade, which is generally an A. I mean, if our online facilitator had not awarded us an A, we certainly would have complained about her and gotten her into trouble.
And what standing does Grand Canyon University have with the United States Department of Education.
Oh, we were sued by the U.S. DOE for fraud.
Well, thank you for coming in for this interview. Ill be sure to keep your resume on file.