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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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Magazine - Christopher Shea

Higher Ed., Inc: The Rise of the For-Profit University offers a window into, as well as a defense of, this brave new pedagogical world.

Washington Post Magazine
Higher Ed., Inc: The Rise of the For-Profit University offers a window into, as well as a defense of, this brave new pedagogical world.

— Christopher Shea

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801874475
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,287,506
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:Foreword, by George Keller

Acknowledgments1. Confessions of a For-Profit Dean

2. The Players

3. The History of For-Profit Education in the United States

4. The Financing of For-Profit Higher Education

5. The Academic Culture of For-Profit Universities

6. Lessons from the For-Profit SideNotes

Index

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