Thread regarding DeVry Inc. layoffs

It is a shame

I am a DV alumnus and worked at DVU for several years. I have since moved on and think fondly on the days when DV made a difference. Unfortunately senior leadership's (you know who you are) focus changed, sometime after Hamburger came on board. The endless Projects (remember Unite and Ignite) rotted the foundations of DVU while fattening leaders pocket books and stoking their egos.

The real shame is that a DV education once meant something. It meant you learned by doing. It meant you had real world, practical skills that enabled you to compete. Now it is just a degree. A piece of paper some do not even want to hang on the wall. I have since sanitized my CV. DV is now just an afterthought when it comes to my educational background or body of work. Sadly, I whole-heartily believe the skills I learned in my undergraduate program at DeVry help set me up.

They cannot even give the institution away without a whole host of conditions. DeVry's highest value to learners is when they offered six undergraduate degrees and tuition was comparable to living wages one might make when completing a degree. DV changed its DNA to complete with UOP and others. DeVry's other mistakes where trying to be everything to everyone by expanding their program offerings. They became “me too”. In addition, the endless tuition increases undermined any learner ROI. Moving away from the high school market was simply dumb.

The greatest learning from watching this unfold over the last 20 years is that pigs are fed and hogs are slaughtered. Sadly, DV morphed into another predatory player in the for-profit space like ITT, Corinthian, AIU, and UOP. Not surprising since it was leaders from those institutions that created that culture. TEACH values have a completely new meaning today.

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My friend went to DeVry years ago and has a decent job today because of it. It was her quickest route to training and she's made the most of it.

The UOP always seemed like a rip off and it saddened me to see people waste their money there. ALL of the UOP students I know have huge loans and what the job market considers a phoney degree based on what these people have experienced. They are treated as though they have zero higher education. All HS graduates with no "weird" circumstances. Just people who chose UOP for college usually due to the online aspect which used to be less common.

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