I am a former instructor at ITT Tech Webster, Texas campus.
I am no longer there because the new dean encourages/forces the instructors to make attendance and grade changes.
Attendance and grade changes are very important for financial aid charges, engagement numbers, retention and attrition. Without the change, the school would have less students and hence less money. so, she is forcing the instructors to make the changes.
I will just use her first name Tamara. The worst part is that Tamara is allowed to be untruthful and unethical because the director and her boss Leslie is as well. I know that several instructors, staff, and even another director reported what Tamara was doing to Leslie and Leslie simply turns a blind eye. She is uneducated and has no scruples.
It's sad because the programs could be great and could afford a lot of students a great education to obtain jobs; however, leadership is sub par.
I really with the Department of Education would look into this campus. It's doors need to shut if Leslie and Tamara continue to hold leadership positions.
I am a Current Employee at ITT Tech. I have read all of the comments from Staff & Students on this site. I would like to clarify a few things.
- Representatives are NOT Student Advisers. They are Student Representatives who give the student a tour of the school,explain the programs offered and help the student sign up to attend.
- All Faculty must have at least a Bachelor's Degree and most must have a Master's in their field to be able to teach a class.The Dean,All Dept.Directors,CSS,CRS,FACs,and even the Library Employees must have a College Degree. The only ITT employee that does not require a College degree is the receptionist who must have at least a High School diploma.
- The is a "3 in a row missed class rule" that states in the Student handbook that if you miss 3 classes in a row, you can be dropped from that class. Read the Handbook. It is on the Student Portal
- This is a Post Secondary Educational Institution (Not Grammar School or High School)You are expected to behave as adults and assume the RESPONSIBILITY of coming to class, Studying, and EARNING your grades.
- All Financial information is spelled out in your Financial packet YOU sign when completing your Financial Aid Appointment. Why would you sign something without fully reading and understanding it first?
- Some of us really Care about our students and try to help as much as we possibly can but as the Student, you must also give your 100%.
- Yes,it does state on all Commercials that "Credits may not be Transferable"
- Come fully prepared when you tour the facility. Ask questions. Do your Due-diligence, Get your answers before signing up. Would you buy a Car or a House site unseen?
- No, ITT does Not write their own Books. The books are published by Pearson Education,Elsevier,John Wiley & Sons,& Jones & Bartlett.
and my Final comment...
I am truly Sorry for the ones who had a bad experience. Not all ITT Campuses are bad. I am very Proud of the students who have passes through the doors of our Campus and have seen many success stories.
From Web Master:
This person did not state where they work and in what capacity.
- True, Representatives are not Advisers. Why would ITT want advisers any way?
- Just because a faculty member has a degree does not mean they are qualified to teach.
- Being dropped after missing 3 classes in a row is fine, unless there is no allowance for family/medical emergencies. That would be heartless.
- One of the big complaints posted on this site is the high grades handed out for little and/or poor effort on behalf of the student. The grades become meaningless.
- Many students are young or inexperienced in the world of financing and report not fully understanding what they are signing.
Many also say the forms are filled out for them quickly.
- I find the most caring and helpful instructors are ones outside of the major: English, Math, etc... the basics. It is the core classes where students find the poor instructors.
- The notice in the commercials about transferability does not stand out. That should be made clear during the initial tour. Many report not being told their classes won't transfer at the time they enroll.
- That is why this site exists: for people wanting to research before considering ITT for an education.
I am glad many have steered clear of ITT thanks to the warnings posted on this site.
- I'm not sure who wrote the books I used while attending ITT; the ones used in my core classes were full of errors and had poor grammar.
It doesn't matter who produces the books. It was a poor selection, that was the problem.
I worked at ITT from 2009 until last year when I could no longer stand to work for it.
The director I worked for at the last campus used to tell students blatantly incorrect statements about the Dept of Ed, their loans and degrees (a bachelors is a terminal degree . . .); the director did not know anything about academics and would just b.s.
The campus was full of cronyism. Everyone was afraid of the director.
Was told by that director to change documentation All the time: "Fix it." That director refused to pay for tutors ($15 hourly for adjuncts) when students were forced online for many of their classes because of massive layoffs (to save corporate $) and the director said the campus can't afford it.
That March there was a glitch in the online reporting software. Saw the campus had made $2 million--after laying off half the academic workforce and forcing students online who were not prepared.
That director got promoted to be a regional manager.
In the campus where I worked previously, the director was a sexual predator, had affairs going on with adjunct faculty and others, got people jobs in exchange and even though the activities were reported, the corporation did nothing until a lawsuit was filed. At that campus I was told to revise grades for a student--the dean who was his friend arranged for another academic administrator to give the student the final exam and then told me to change the grades. I refused and got into trouble.
Thought the problems were only at that campus. Was wrong. It's system wide.
Workloads were crazy; OSHA should go in there.
Deeply regret my professional time there.
As a life long learner (hold undergrad and graduate degrees - NOT from ITT) and former employee (for several years and at various campuses), I can assure you all that ever since kevin modany assumed the CEO role at ITT, the organization, as well as the quality of the education offered have suffered immensely. Nowadays, in my humble opinion, GREED IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR.
Whether you're looking for employment with ITT or to start school at one of the campuses, I urge you first to do your (thorough) homework BEFORE HAND.
Best of luck!!
Been an instructor for ITT Tech for more than 10 years. In the last three years, things have gone so downhill!!!
Been teaching a gen ed course, upper level, with prerequisites that include several writing courses, as all the assignments in this course are written in the APA format. Some of these poor students can barely read and write. It is OBVIOUS that they are being cheated out of an education. But as an instructor at several *real* school besides ITT, I do adhere to a set of minimal standards, some of which up until the past couple years were approved by ITT.
One of those standards is academic honesty, known in other schools as plagiarism. I refuse to allow it. I will give students the opportunity to rewrite their plagiarized papers. I have explained plagiarism at length ad nauseum. Yet, students continue to cheat, and I continued to forward their assignments to their deans. Students who commit academic dishonesty after three attempts are supposed to be expelled.
You know who deans blame for this? The instructor!
Instead of explaining that copying-and-pasting is cheating, they instead blame me. Deans even claimed there is nothing wrong with the plagiarized work. They claim *I* haven't explained the assignment clearly, even though the student asked for no explanation, and when it is explained, refused to take responsibility for the student's own actions.
After the first week at this SoCal campus, I knew right away that I was not going to teach but to call those students who did not show up to class and force them to come in.
Why is it such a big deal for ITT to force instructors to do this?
After 4 weeks I was bombarded with email asking for my improvement plan about eliminating absence of students. Then this is the top of them all, they treated students like Little League players, awards for attendance, honors every terms.
I am done after fulfilling this summer. Complete waste of my summer so far.
Yes this is a joke of a school.
I was employed by ITT Tech as an Academic Dean for three years. I'm going to list a few of the things I saw while employed there:
- Instructors who quit or were fired for speaking out about the substandard curriculum a few weeks into the quarter and there was no one to take over the instruction of the class so students were all given were told not to come to class that they would all be given As.
- Books not received until the last day of class. Books with misinformation, outdated software or no software for classes.
- Prospective students told bold-faced lies about the prospects of employment or about the cost of tuition.
- Program name changes (repeatedly) so the school would not have to report the dismal job placement rates to students or the government.
- Teachers, staff, literally every employee paid on a point system where one enrolled, funded, attending, passed student equals one point.
- Department managers, campus directors and employees who had no knowledge or experience in education whatsoever. Clueless.
It's all a big scam to get student's Federal loan and grant money. The education is worthless, the degree is worthless, the corporation cares nothing for students or employees.
If you sign up you'll be sorry.
I was an employee in the financial aid office at an ITT campus for six months.
Alarm bells went off when, during the interview, I saw the Director's diploma from the University of Phoenix hanging on his wall. I went ahead and accepted their offer because I just needed a job at the time. I had 10 years of experience in working at a community college but had been laid off due to state budget cuts.
Boy, was ITT a wake-up call! Employees in FA routinely fill out the forms for students, getting them out of classes to just sign in to their student loan accounts or FAFSA accounts using passwords & PINS so they (school personnel) could make changes to their information. We were expected to analyze a dozen or more spreadsheets per week with students' account information and how much they owed to the school. We then had to correct any of the information and upper management (directors & HQ) were CONSTANTLY on our backs to get the loans done, quick.
As well, we had to see new prospects every day and re-sell them on the over-priced substandard education and were expected to have a prospect fully packaged within an hour or so. The Director of Finance said "before they have a chance to experience buyer's remorse."
It was very clear that ITT did not care about either employees or students from the start. They were both only a means to an end which was getting Federal dollars into their banks.
I started looking for another position on day one at ITT. It's like selling your soul to the devil.
I found another job, gave three weeks notice and left as fast as I could. A few months later my current employer told me that ITT had given me a very bad reference but luckily for me, they knew what kind of school they were and they did not pay any attention to it.
Please, students and employees: get out NOW. It's a scam and a fraud.
I taught in Missouri. It only took me one quarter to realize that the "recruiters" were nothing more than salesman.
The students I had in class were very poorly educated and were clearly wasting their money.
I quit when I refused to pass a student after my boss told me to raise their grade so they could keep enrolling.