International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) has faced plenty of lawsuits in recent years and has constant complaints of fraud cast against it by former and current students. Many former students complain that the school does not have the accreditation it claims to and is not recognized regionally. Students wishing to drop out and continue education elsewhere or those who wish to further their education after graduation soon find no one will accept IADT credits. If that weren’t bad enough, IADT is alleged to provide in-house financing through loans which take advantage of its students.
The school’s claim that students receive valuable lab time with professional businesses is, in reality, not what students expected when they signed up for the program. Apparently, the school uses businesses owned and operated by IADT instructors. These instructors are therefore paid double for their work and the students are left not gaining anything of real value for their future. As IADT charges its students additional lab time outside the costs indicated in their program, the conflict of interest goes all the way around the board.
Quizzes and exams at IADT are a breeze. In fact, you don’t really even know how to read as long as you can match the answers from the boxes of the test answers the instructors provide their students. Speaking of instruction, that’s pretty lacking as well and students have indicated they didn’t learn anything while in the program.
IADT is also well-known for its open door policy, and we don’t mean that those facing problems can gain support. Instead, the school allows students into its programs without the necessary educational backgrounds required by legitimate schools. As the students are not properly instructed, I guess handing out those test answers was the only way to go.
School dropout rates are significantly high and those attempting to leave formally end up up to their necks in problems. In the end, many drop out of the program without the necessary paperwork, are stuck for loans for classes they didn’t take, and have nothing to show for it. Those who manage to get through the formal dropout process have found they don’t actually end up removed from the roster. Instead, students are charged as if they have taken the classes and are given an automatic F.
The school has faced numerous lawsuits in regards to allegations of defrauding its students and gaining access to federal financial aid program money. The lawsuits claim the school misrepresented its programs usefulness and acceptance, that it lies about its accreditation, that it runs shady loans, and that it is embroiled in unethical practices against its students. Complaints boards online are filled to bursting with current and former students who claim IADT is a scam and fraud who’s sole purpose is to remove money from the pockets of those who they are intended to be educating. Students leaving the program find that not only do other schools no accept IADT’s education and credentials, but also that no employers will either.
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