Regards short courses as always be aware the agency only wants your signature on the bottom line so they can own you...and will tell you virtually anything to achieve this.
For interest SKY just lost 2 guys who walked out - returnees who I believe had it WRITTEN IN THEIR CONTRACT they would be done and dusted in 3 months, 3 months came...and they departed.
Now whether they may consider a third coming........??
As with most things in Nihongo-land maybe a great idea and pursued with the best intentions by a minority - however the greater mindset and bureaucratic institutions are not on the same wavelength.
Hell - too often they're not even on the same PLANET!
No probs - give it another couple of generations and things will (probably/possibly, take your pick) start to change....
maybe yes...maybe no...maybe maybe