Southern Polytechnic State University: Worst School Reviewed?
_At the top of the list of wrongdoers is Southern Polytechnic State University, a Marietta University entrusted by the University System of Georgia. Be advised that Southern Polytechnic State University is not a normal school. Actions taken by the administration of the school would cause an ordinary University to get shut down, lose accreditation or otherwise face criminal action.
Southern Polytechnic has maintained a record low graduation rate for nearly 12 years, with an attrition rate of 93%; only 7% of the student body at SPSU graduate from the school. Ethical misconduct is not an uncommon experience at Southern Polytechnic State University, with a myriad of students reporting to have been ripped off by the administration of the school, to which the administration has no response.
Be advised that the school is currently working under modest conditions to hide their negative reputation for unethical business practices and substandard educational merit.
Gary Aldman with the Better Business Bureau reports that Southern Polytechnic State University and its Foundation have an F rating for not responding to Consumer Complaints. His advice, "Never use your credit card as a basis of signing any contract with the school or its intermediaries. Maintain copies at all times. And remember, there is very little oversight, so research the University first."
A quick search for "Southern Polytechnic State University scam," shows dozens of complaints.
Beware of any positive reviews posted about the University. As opposed to embracing social responsibility and public policy, the positive reviews of the school are paid advertisements and reviews designed to suppress or dilute the negative and factual information about the university, its administration and its business practices--as evidenced by the sudden wind of awards and reviews coming from the school's own sponsors, connections and paid affiliates beginning in the Summer of 2011.
The school is run by a small circle of individuals who receive very little oversight. Such individuals include Lisa Rossbacher, the President of Southern Polytechnic State University and Kasey Helton of auxiliary services. Both individuals have dismissed numerous direct emails from students and the better business bureau reporting that the school had incurred unauthorized charges of $176,200.00 by defaulting on meal plan contracts among others.
As opposed to operating in an ethical manner, the Administration of the school goes through great lengths to hide negative and factual information about the University and its business practices.
One such publication on rankingsandreviews.com states that Southern Polytechnic State University is voted number one for its online IT Degree program, a false assertion that the administration would love for you to believe. Never has this ever been true. The fact is that a University can be a very profitable business, and online degrees attained from out of state residents is the most profitable business of all. The university is a business that thrives on a so called, "solid" reputation that does not exist.
Southern Polytechnic State University Food Services
If there were ever a business lacking in good will, the food service provider at Southern Polytechnic State University makes a strong case for itself. The company, Compass Group USA, was reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, Congress and the US Senate after numerous allegations involving fraud against students of the university in 2010. The services are managed by operating managers Jamie Ballew and an individual identifying himself as Ron. Both managers do not have a positive reputation for truthfulness. Substantial evidence supports that the company engages in criminal activity.
A case in point, Jamie Ballew in a recorded conversation was caught in a direct lie when he tried to deceive a student about where his $1,200 in unauthorized charges went. The student cancelled the meal plan after a case of disorderly conduct in which a Compass Group employee improperly asked the student to pay twice for a single meal. Upon denial to pay a second time, the employee raised her voice, shouting obscenities. In another recorded conversation, location manager Jamie Ballew in response to the disgruntled student stated, "this is only your opinion."
After cancelling the meal plan for the next semester, the student was still charged $1,200. Upon reporting the discrepancy in billing to corporate headquarters in Charlotte, the company stated that they were not the correct entity. A closer look at the school's contract clearly states that the meal plan could be cancelled at any time by "letting the business office know." As a result Compass Group USA knowingly committed a tort of wrongful interference with a contractual relationship, an illegal method of stealing money by causing Southern Polytechnic State University to default on their own contract.
The food services at Southern Polytechnic State University bring together a variety of attributes: faulty point-of-sale inventory management systems, faulty service encounters combined with poorly trained employees and inadequate members of management with unchecked management control. It should be advised not to attend any of their operating locations on campus. If your son or daughter has been ripped off by this company and/or sexually abused in the process, do not let this company tell you that they do not provide services for Southern Polytechnic State University. File a report with the Atlanta Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately. The food service company has no pure interest in concealment. File a report with us and get your story heard.
About Southern Polytechnic State University
The importance of technology in business today could not be overstated in the fast moving environment in which we live. The competitive market today demands individuals well versed in the sciences and technology to gain that competitive edge.
Although Southern Polytechnic embraces its own community, it is a member of the larger, more progressive member of the University System of Georgia. A picturesque display situated on nearly 200 acres, Southern Polytechnic exists in the middle of the idyllic, town center of Marietta, Georgia. Current enrollment totals up to about 4,800 students, encompassing a very diverse number of backgrounds from nearly 35 states and 70 countries.
Founded in 1948, Southern Polytechnic State University attained a solid academic reputation and accreditation with wide currency beyond its bounds. However, the legacy behind Southern Polytechnic is not merely predicated on a location of study; this awe evoking mainstay is a great place through which students live and learn and undergo a trans-formative experience from within.