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Posted on October 11 at 2:44 p.m.
When I started my college education I went to a community college. It was inexpensive back then and the teachers who taught there were interesting and dedicated to the subjects they taught. Over the years I have seen higher education slide into a greedy self obsessed focus. I do not know how we turn this around. I do believe educators ought to be held accountable for their decisions. Especially when those decisions impact students' lives. I also strongly believe that community colleges should be available to anyone who wants to better their life through education. That is what they were created for.
On How to Make College More Affordable?
Posted on October 7 at 8:17 a.m.
I agree, why are they leaving important info in their dumpster. Maybe its time to watch Norma Rae!
On Shame on Labor Union?
Posted on October 4 at 5:31 p.m.
Better be careful MattJohanson montecitotex is going to scold you for posting comments on two different sites. I find it highly unlikely that how many? Three dozen former Pacifica students with more to be added would all have the same experience. I am a former student and I know Pacifica claimed they were weeks if not days away from APA accreditation so in my mind if it turns out they were not, I think Pacifica might have a big problem. Especially considering their students relied on Pacifica to tell the truth.
On Psych Students Sue Pacifica
Posted on October 4 at 8:02 a.m.
Where's Pacifica's arch crusader tex or montecitotex to attack the attorneys and blame the victim in this case? I'm just so tired of schools taking our money and then treating us as if we were the problem. This woman and her son deserve their day in court.
On Parent Files Lawsuit over School Bullying
Posted on October 3 at 3:38 p.m.
Appreciate the advice Shirley. Just trying to get correct info out. I am a former student and just thought I could provide relevant information. Would not want to hurt anyone and hate to see my school being dragged through the mud. I sure hope they do the right thing here.
Posted on October 3 at 12:32 p.m.
Pacifica's registrar along with their top recruiting teachers all made claims in writing and verbally that Pacific's APA application was complete and was on the verge of being approved. When in reality Pacifica had not even applied. The APA does not disclose to prospective students which schools have pending applications with the APA. The APA relies on schools to accurately disclose their accreditation status. Therefore, students had to rely on the information they were being provided by Pacifica.
Posted on October 3 at 10:37 a.m.
Pacifica charges tuition fees that are in the range of Harvard, UCSB, UCLA and so on. Whereas those colleges are APA accredited they are worth the tuition charged. The only way Pacifica could validate charging the tuition they charge is by claiming they were weeks if not days from APA accreditation. The truth was Pacifica had yet to apply when Pacifica made these claims. When they finally applied APA rejected their application and Pacifica did not inform their students. Once a commitment is made by a PhD student to a PhD program the student is virtually trapped in that program because their units wont transfer and quitting is seen as a failure so it makes it very hard to switch programs. Pacifica relied on this. Pacifica also knew their student would have an extremely difficult time completing their licensing requirements. Post doc internships for graduates of non APA schools are extremely hard to find. Pacifica did not disclose this to their students.
Posted on October 3 at 9:44 a.m.
Pacifica is a private for profit business. Their main concern is about making money for their top shareholders. Their shareholders include Pacifca's president and most of Pacifica's teachers. Pacifica got greedy and lied to their students about APA accreditation.
Posted on October 3 at 9:07 a.m.
Such a nasty defense blame the victims and attack the one helping them. Where is the soul in that? Kaiser might be about the only place a Pacifca graduate might be able to get a post doc in the state of CA, and those are few and far between.
Posted on October 2 at 2:36 p.m.
The following statement is exactly what Pacifica posted on their website and catalog, after APA rejection.
“STATEMENT ON THE APA APPLICATION AND ACCREDITATION STATUS:
Pacifica continues to update its Self-Study for application to the American Psychological Association for accreditation.American Psychological Association guidelines indicate that all students registered and in good standing in any aspect of the program on the second day of the APA Site Visit and our Clinical Program receives APA Accreditation, will be deemed to have graduated from Pacifica's APA accredited Clinical Psychology Program when they complete all degree requirements. Graduation from an APA accredited program may facilitate licensing. APA accreditation will advance Pacifica’s mission, which is rooted in Depth Psychology.”
This is what Pacifica was posting after their application had been rejected and before they even applied. All the while Pacifica promised their students that APA was going to be a positive outcome. They even had students prepare for site visits from the APA. Pacifica mislead their students. It is extremely difficult to get a post doc internship in CA if one has not graduated from a non APA school. This is critical information, that Pacifica was obligated to provide to their student. Shame on them!
This is just the tip of the ice berg for Pacifica!