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From the Publisher“Until now, much about this growing sector of higher education—its student consumers, its faculty and faculty governance, market forces, hiring records, workforce preparation roles, policies and considerations of the public good—remained hidden or obscure. This work draws together both on-site research and widely disparate resources to give us a much richer and more detailed picture of the for-profit market and the students it serves. It also makes clear, however, the potential student groups traditional colleges and universities cannot, or will not, serve, or has not served well in the past.”
”The authors and editors shed dispassionate light on one of the least understood, yet vital, sectors in American higher education—market funded colleges and universities. Given the growing imperative to increase dramatically the education levels of all Americans – not just those for whom college is ‘bred in the bone’ – this is a must read for what it says both about this vibrant arena, but also the implications for the rest of post-secondary education.”
“For-profit higher education is exploding in the U.S. and across the globe. This has produced a torrent of rhetorical claims from advocates and opponents, little of which is based in evidence. At last, a fair minded and comprehensive examination of this phenomenon by a team of top thinkers and researchers. This book is a jewel, must reading for policy makers, practitioners and scholars of higher education, whether in the for-profit or not-for-profit sectors.”
“What matters more, the fact that some institutions are making a profit and others are operated in the public interest, or the fact that the for profits may be doing a better job for the most vulnerable than the not-for-profits? As I see it, it shouldn’t matter at all. If that is true, then we may have to figure out how to give the for-profits some of the breaks that the not-for-profits have always gotten.
But you may disagree. That is the fine thing about this book. It is very fair-minded. You will find plenty of data to make or counter the position you held when you first picked it up. And you will find plenty of analysis to make you think twice about that position, or perhaps to confirm it."