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Fail State (2017)

Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, Fail State investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling decades of policy decisions in Washington DC that have given ... See full summary »

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Alexander Shebanow

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Nicholas Adams, Alexander Shebanow (as Alex Shebanow) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Maxine Waters ... Self
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Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, Fail State investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling decades of policy decisions in Washington DC that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. Director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise, fall, and resurgence of the for-profit college industry, uncovering their Wall Street backing and incestuous relationship with the regulators and lawmakers charged with overseeing them. Written by SDCF

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Harsh reality?
24 February 2019 | by ImNotFromEarthSee all my reviews

Thanks for finally making a video that documents these atrocities, making it easier for most people, who just don't have time to do their own homework, to put everything together. These industries and government organizations are screwing everyone, and have been getting away with it for decades, right under the public's noses, while the endless complaints just continue to be ignored, especially by the VA and the DOE. There are two facebook support groups, one for Art Institute, one for ITT tech- if you've had this problem with any for profit school, you should join both, since the information found in either will be relevant.


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