Report Blasts SF's Academy of Art University for Low Graduation Rates, Land Use Violations

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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:

Academy of Art University's Response to Forbes Article by KQED News


Katia Savchuk, reporter for Forbes

Sue Rowley, executive vice president for educational services at Academy of Art University