- Report: #479595
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: University Of Advancing Technology
University Of Advancing Technologywww.uat.edu Tempe, Arizona United States of America
University Of Advancing Technology UAT Deceptive Practices, Education Malpractice, False Advertising New Orleans, Louisiana
*Consumer Comment: A good tech school, game design is just hard
*Consumer Comment: In Concurrence with the Original Report
*General Comment: Non-Deceptive Practices
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1. Scholarship bait and switch.
They offered me a scholarship to help cover costs, before I was enrolled. Once I had signed up and enrolled, they said I was too late to collect the scholarship. They never said that I needed to do anything to collect it. They provided no information on what to do to receive it. But, once I was enrolled, they quickly notified me that it was no longer available. Appeals to their administration were denied.
2. Credit transfer bait and switch.
UAT literature says they will allow you take assessment tests to skip remedial courses. UAT literature also says that if you have professional experience, you can skip remedial courses. I took and passed the test. They made up some excuses as to why they couldn't accept it. I fought with their admins for 7 weeks before they caved and allowed me to pass the class. However, during that time I missed an entire class session. I received an F on my transcript for the class that they allowed me to skip. Thankfully, I pushed them on the issue even further to see if that meant I could skip further classes. They said no. That made it pretty clear to me they were just trying to milk me for money and didn't care about helping my education. Every class is nearly $3,000.
3. Credits and degrees awarded there do not transfer to other institutions.
UAT web site and literature say they are accredited and recognized, but even community colleges will not accept transcripts from UAT.
4. Job placement is dismal, counter to their claims. I've heard estimates to be around 10% of graduates find work in their degree field.
There have been some successful cases against their competitor, Westwood College. Therefore, I believe this case has precedents that will help it be a win.
I would like to find an attorney willing to help (preferably on contingency, willing to set favorable terms) to sue them for false advertising, deceptive practices, education malpractice and help me recover damages for the time they wasted. I think we could also subpoena the school for its database of past, current, and prospective students as potential witnesses. We could use that information to find more defendants for said lawyer. This could be a lucrative process for a lawyer willing to make this happen. Please contact me if you're willing to help.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/13/2009 06:38 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/University-Of-Advancing-Technology/Tempe-Arizona-/University-Of-Advancing-Technology-UAT-Deceptive-Practices-Education-Malpractice-False-A-479595. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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