The International Academy of Design & Technology, 1 N. State Street, Suite 400
Formely Sanford Brown
Program of Study: Interior Design
Degree: Bachelors of Fine Arts
Dates of Enrollment: 2009-2011 (Graduated)
You’ll find the gathered evidence that Career Corporation Education CEC - The International Academy of Design & Technology, violated Illinois State Law (815 ILCS 505/2) (from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 262) Sec. 2. (815 ILCS 505/2) (from Ch. 121 1/2, par. 262) Sec. 2. Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices, including but not limited to the use or employment of any deception fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation or the concealment, suppression or omission of any material fact, with intent that others rely upon the concealment, suppression or omission of such material fact, or the use or employment of any practice described in Section 2 of the "Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act", approved August 5, 1965, in the conduct of any trade or commerce are hereby declared unlawful whether any person has in fact been misled, deceived or damaged thereby. In construing this section consideration shall be given to the interpretations of the Federal Trade Commission and the federal courts relating to Section 5 (a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act. (Source: P.A. 78-904.)
Exhibit I- Enrollment Agreement
Recruiters mislead its students and regulators about job placement rates, starting salaries, the quality of its teaching staff and training equipment, the transferability of its course credits, and the accreditation of certain of its programs. CEC/ IADT added a specific paragraph to safeguard any promises recruiters would present to students during the enrollment process.
Exhibit II- Expedited Final Program Review Determination Letter The U.S. Department of Education data analysis determined over the past three years a default rate of 17.6% and a Heightened Cash Monitoring status following a merger in 2010. This directly correlates with recruiters construing the facts regarding job placement rates, salaries and cost to complete each program following the increase of student defaulting on loans.
Exhibit III- Summary of Selected For-Profit Education Company Placement Investigations During the investigation of the Corinthian Colleges, The Texas Workforce Commission, and the California Attorney General obtained evidence that CEC audited its placement rates. As a result, CEC announced that it was revising placement rates for 49 of its campuses and that 36 of those campuses no longer met its accreditor’s standards for placement.
Exhibit IV- ACICS Accrediting Agency losing its Accreditation
CEC/ IADT receives is accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Currently, ACICIS is under a determination of not being eligible for participation in federal aid. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) deciding official will decide on whether or not to recognize the agency. CEC highly depends on Federal Aid from students to continue operations.
Exhibit V- CEC/ IADT Alumni
Many International Academy of Design & Technology Graduates, (upon finding out about the inadequacies of an education from IADT) the degrees earned were essentially worthless when trying to enter their respective field. Students learned the obstacles in which to be accepted into other educational institutions. As most are not aware, many educational institutions policies don’t accept credits/degree’s from Nationally Accredited institutions. Students either found employment in other fields and/or tried to attend a reputable university just to find out the degree they earned was not accepted. IADT failed to disclose to prospective students that many colleges and universities do not accept Nationally Accredited credits and/or degree. IADT knew that many of the businesses hiring would not interview or hire IADT graduates because of their poor reputation. Contrary to IADT’s quota driven salespeople’s representations, at all relevant times, IADT had a poor reputation in the design and technology industry. To keep enrollments up, and receive more tuition payments, teachers and professors at IADT were pressured to pass students who did not attend classes, did not complete their coursework, or were not achieving passing grades. IADT’s quota-driven admissions representatives, pursuant to their policies, were directed to methodically avoid discussing the true facts and figures with prospective students. If prospective students raised the issues, the quota-driven admissions representatives lied, changed the subject, or knowingly misled the prospective students. IADT Career Services department was staffed by unqualified individuals. The Career Services Department consisted of one person, who was also a student at IADT, who did little to direct graduates to websites with job listings that they could find themselves, such as Craigslist or Monster.com, or provide compilations of such listings mined from such websites. Moreover, many of the listings provided to Class members had no relation to their respective fields of study.