Higher Ed, Inc.: The Rise of the for-Profit University

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Among higher education institutions in the United States, for-profit colleges and universities have steadily captured a larger share of the student market. A recent trend at for-profit institutions is the coupling of job training with accredited academic programs that offer traditional baccalaureate, professional, and graduate degrees. Richard Ruch, with administrative experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of higher education, takes us inside these new for-profit institutions, describing who ...
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Among higher education institutions in the United States, for-profit colleges and universities have steadily captured a larger share of the student market. A recent trend at for-profit institutions is the coupling of job training with accredited academic programs that offer traditional baccalaureate, professional, and graduate degrees. Richard Ruch, with administrative experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of higher education, takes us inside these new for-profit institutions, describing who teaches there, who enrolls and why, and how the for-profits are managed and by whom. He analyzes their different structures, services, and outlook on higher learning and training, and explains in detail how they make profits from tuition income.
In Higher Ed, Inc., Ruch opens up the discussion about for-profit higher education from the perspective of a participant-observer. Focusing on five providers—the Apollo Group (the University of Phoenix); Argosy Education Group (the American Schools of Professional Psychology); DeVry, Inc. (DeVry Institutes of Technology); Education Management Corporation (the Art Institutes International); and Strayer Education (Strayer University)—he conveys for the first time what it feels like to be inside this new kind of American institution. He is also candid about the less attractive aspects of the for-profit colleges, including what those who enroll may give up. As Ruch makes clear, the major for-profit colleges and universities offer a different approach to higher education—one that may be increasingly influential in the future.
AUTHOR BIO:
Richard S. Ruch is an independent scholar and consultant who has workedfor twenty years as an academic dean and chief academic officer in diverse institutional settings.
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George Keller
This book is a marvelous description of a popular, innovative new force for advanced education in the United States. Whom it educates and how it educates should be of keen interest to everyone who cares about the intellectual quality of America's human resources.
William F. Massy
Ruch combines an insider's view of both for-profit and nonprofit institutions with a broad conceptual perspective. Higher Ed, Inc. should appeal not just to scholars but to everyone interested in the debate about for-profit higher education.
Library Journal
There are now over 700 for-profit, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States, more than double the number of a decade ago. Having served as an administrator at both nonprofit and for-profit institutions, Ruch is able to provide an insider's comparison. Although clearly favoring for-profit institutions, he offers a balanced description of how and why they continue to attract growing enrollments, and his text will be useful for anyone who wants to understand this significant trend. For-profit schools emphasize the employability of their students and keep the curricula flexible so that they can adapt to the job market. This doesn't necessarily diminish their educational value, however, as they are subject to the same accreditation standards as traditional colleges. The author spotlights five top for-profits (including DeVry, where he is a dean), and the chapters about for-profit finance and academic culture are particularly insightful. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801866784
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1901
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard S. Ruch is an independent scholar and consultant who has worked for twenty years as an academic dean and chief academic officer in diverse institutional settings.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Confessions of a For-Profit Dean 1
2 The Players 24
3 The History of For-Profit Education in the United States 50
4 The Financing of For-Profit Higher Education 74
5 The Academic Culture of For-Profit Universities 106
6 Lessons from the For-Profit Side 135
Notes 161
Index 173
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