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Academic Libraries, Veterans, and For-Profit Higher Education: Exploiting the Vulnerable
Progressive Librarian (2016)
  • John Irwin
This paper points out that there is a gap in the library literature, research and services about veterans transitioning form the armed services to college and their needs.  The larger social science literature touches on the subject but in order for libraries to act as ombudsmen for this student population that gap needs to be filled.  This article comments on how veterans have attended for-profits because of convenience.  But convenience can come at a high cost and a number of for-profit institutions of higher education have been held accountable for predatory lending and recruitment techniques.  Veterans with the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill are targeted for this market because they have federal funding that is much higher than previous generations of the bill and there is a loophole in Title IV 90/10 rule.  The article postulates that traditional non-profit and private colleges will provide better services to veterans overall in making life and education decisions, and more importantly that the library, its staff and librarians can be critical in helping them access the information needed to succeed in college whereas an online for-profit campus cannot.
  • Veterans,
  • G.I. Bill,
  • For-Profit Colleges,
  • Tuition,
  • Funding of Higher Education,
  • Academic Libraries
Publication Date
Spring 2016
Citation Information
John Irwin. "Academic Libraries, Veterans, and For-Profit Higher Education: Exploiting the Vulnerable" Progressive Librarian Iss. 44 (2016) p. 28 - 39 ISSN: 1052-5726
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