San Francisco's for-profit Academy of Art University has dismal graduation rates, a debt-saddled student body and sparse job placement assistance. That's according to a series of articles appearing in the September issue of Forbes. The magazine also calls out the 86-year-old institution on a range of planning code violations in many of the 40-plus buildings it owns throughout the city. We discuss the articles' findings and hear the University's response.
On Monday, August 24, a representative for the Academy of Art University sent a "formal letter of response" written by Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of Academy of Art University, to KQED. The letter is addressed to the Forbes' editors. We've embedded the letter below: