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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 »
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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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Definately worth watching
8 January 2019 | by boydpetersSee all my reviews

As a non US person it was good to see this didn't descend into partisan politics- impartial. Snouts in the trough, nothing new but lays it out clearly. I was sad for the people with the sham degrees but they also bare a degree of responsibility for not researching that these sham qualifications are not recognised by any employers or legitimate education providers. Community colleges seem a good option, appears there are insufficient places in them. I would like to see the longer term benefit to Texas for their initiative. We watched as a family- with the kids. Lots of pausing and conversing. Good film, well done all


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28 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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