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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801874475
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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


What People are Saying About This

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.

William F. Massy, Stanford University, author of Endowment Perspectives, Policies, and Management

from the Foreword by 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.

from the Foreword by George Keller, author of Academic Strategy: The Management Revolution in American Higher Education

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