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Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc.’s management team will get special cash bonuses if they remain with the company until the end of June, ITT disclosed in a regulatory filing last week.

Chairman and CEO Kevin M. Modany would get the biggest boost—nearly $1.2 million—if he stays at the helm through June 27, 2011. His compensation totaled $7.6 million in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available.

Other top managers are set to receive six-figure cash infusions: $324,000 for Chief Financial Officer Daniel M. Fitzpatrick; $319,000 for General Counsel Clark D. Elwood; $295,000 for Eugene W. Feichtner, president of the ITT Technical Institute division; and $263,000 for June M. McCormack, president of ITT’s online division.

ITT's offices were closed Monday, spokeswoman Lauren Littlefield said in an e-mailed response to a request for additional information on the newly approved bonuses.

But in a Dec. 23 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ITT said its board’s compensation committee approved the bonuses “in order to help motivate and retain those executives“ and recognize their “extraordinary efforts” as the company and its for-profit peers have come under fire from federal officials.

New student-lending rules scheduled to go into effect in mid-2011 are expected to pinch profits by restricting access to federal loans—which now account for about 80 percent of ITT’s nearly $1.6 billion in annual revenue.

The U.S. Department of Education unveiled data in July showing that only 31 percent of former ITT students have repaid or are paying down their federal loans four years after leaving, suggesting their time at the school did not lead to “gainful employment.”

Analysts say ITT would likely have to cut prices, raise admissions standards or even eliminate some programs to meet the new standards, which likely would reduce its $375 million annual profit.

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  • it seems ITT is not interested in education, just money
    I am going to have to say that these bonuses are a bunch of bull. These key executives have been employed by ITT from a couple of year to several years. I do not see any of them leaving any time soon at the money they are making and at the ease that they are making it. I would have to say that a majority of the money that ITT makes is off of federal founding and it is federal money that is paying these people.

    ITT preys on those people that have no money so that they can get their hands on the Pell Grants and Stafford loans that their students qualify for. These student would be those that have been out of work so long that their taxes show they have no income, people on disability, single parents, and those that may be receiving military benefits. You see the cost of ITT is so high that a substantial amount of potential students would not be able to afford the out of pocket expense or even qualify for any private financial aid.


    ITT has does not care about the type of student they enroll. They have no standards other than a high school diploma or GED. Some of these student could barely get there high school diploma or GED. And they are asking them to invest in an education that they will fail at because they lack the background or even will power to even be successful.

    So if you ask me, these top executive are receiving money from the federal government. I would compare this to the bonuses that were handed out to bank executives during the bailout, money that is intended to help but used for the wrong purposes.

    But that is capitalism.
  • Lay-offs
    You see this a lot when a company is about to lay-off a large segment of their employees. Kaplan and U of P did this before laying off 600 and 800 of their admissions employees, respectively. If I was an admissions representative for ITT, I would update my resume
  • itt
    ITt is a fraud school every one pass deans falsify grades and attendance records lie about transfer credits forge entrance exams.
  • Immoral
    It is a crime that these executives are paid so much when such a small percentage of ITT students get decent jobs. No wonder these kind of sleazy schools have come under fire. They ought to be closed down.
  • Stock plummets, get reward
    So they get a bonus to stay at their job. Isn't that called a paycheck. This is pointless. Let's see how the stock did, down 50% good job, here is a lot of money to make you feel better and a press release to blame the bad performance on the government.

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