Written testimony from the Milwaukee Area Students’ Gainful Employment Testimony Presented to the United States Department of Education Negotiated Rule Making Committee Minneapolis, Minnesota May 24, 2013
My Experience at Globe University
When I graduated high school I wanted to pursue the career of becoming a vet technician. The only two schools in WI that have that program are Madison Area Technical College and Globe University. I am from the De Pere area and the closest Globe University is a ten minute drive to Green Bay, so it was much more convenient for me to apply there versus MATC-Madison. I went onto Globe’s website and requested that some information about the program and have it be mailed to me. The very next day I was called and emailed multiple times by different advisers at Globe. They were super pushy. After applying and receiving my acceptance letter, I scheduled a tour of the Green Bay Globe campus. It was very clean and had organized classrooms. I had no complaints about the building or the staff that was working. They all appeared to be very nice and friendly. After the tour was over, my adviser and I had a meeting about what Globe University would cost me. I was in shock at how much the tuition was. The vet tech program is only a two year degree but it would have cost me less money to get a four year degree at a private college anywhere in WI. When I asked why it was so expensive, they said they were a nonprofit private college that does not receive any outside help or payments. I decided that if this was the career I wanted to do, I would have to pay the tuition. When I asked about financial aid they said I didn’t qualify because my parent’s income was too high. I came back a few days later to enroll into my classes and I put down a payment of $1,000. A week before the classes were about to begin I read online that the Vet Tech program at Globe University was not an accredited program, which means it is not up to the standards of veterinary clinics in WI. This set up a few red flags in my head. I called Globe University to ask why there program wasn’t accredited and I could tell I caught them off guard by the way they answered my question. They said their program was a brand new one and has not had time to be evaluated yet. I decided I was not going to spend all this money on a program that has not been accredited. When I scheduled a meeting with my advisor to withdraw from my classes they got very angry and rude with me. Luckily I was able to get most of the money I spent at Globe University, but I was very close to being thousands of dollars in debt with a useless degree.
This can be found at InsideHigherEd.com.