Globe University reached the end of the appeals line when the Minnesota Supreme Court denied its appeal concerning the previous ruling in the case of Heidi Weber versus Globe University. The former dean turned whistleblower sued the school when she was fired for turning them in and reporting their fraudulent activities. Globe is just going to have to suck it up and accept the raw deal like it expected its students to.
Heidi Weber was awarded $1 million in damages payable by Globe University for its timely firing of her after she blew the whistle on Globe. Globe appealed the previous court’s decision and claimed it had every right to fire her for poor performance and lack of leadership. Considering they’d just given her a raise for her leadership and performance that claim seems a whole lot of ridiculous. In court, school officials claimed they had, hadn’t, had, hadn’t fired Weber for poor performance and apparently couldn’t decide which story to go with. You’d have thought they would be professional story tellers at this point considering their various lawsuits, most of which surrounding the fairy tales they told students.
The Globe Education Network Admission Representative Training Manual made its appearance in her whistleblower bag of tricks which showed the school was willing to go to any lengths to enroll as many bodies as possible and fill their coffers to the rafters. The manual revealed that representatives were forced to memorize word for word the entirety of a 60-75 minute presentation which included sales practices that would make a television used car salesman blush.
Dropout rates at the campuses were through the roof with only 27 to 50 percent of students graduating from Globe’s programs, even less if you were to isolate the low income students and look at their rates alone. The advertising and sales pitches used by Globe specifically targeted these students in the effort to get at their federal student aid and made promises about super high job placement and high salaries which were misleading or downright false. Graduating students would report for their arranged job placement interview to find it was a call center and nothing related to the field they had studied.
Various lawsuits claim that Globe broke multiple consumer-protection laws like deceptive trade practices and prohibited false advertising. Students with 4.0 GPAs soon found they could not get a job and that no other school would accept their credits to further their education. Students applying for positions were being told that employers were just not going to recognize their education from Globe which left them facing huge debt they couldn’t pay with minimum wage positions.
Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Globe by former employees and students as people try to gather together and gain strength in numbers to take this school down. Consumer fraud suits claim the school lied about its accreditation, job placement, prospective salaries, and the usefulness of their degrees. Globe counters and states it is sad that these individuals feel dissatisfied but that the majority of its students are happy with their Globe education…another fairy tale.
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