13 Ways of Looking at For-Profit Higher Education

For my “Comparative Issues in Higher Education” class this week, I’ve swallowed up 258 pages of articles, reports, and websites on the nature of For-Profit Higher Education in America. I remember taking in Phoenix and DeVry’s commercials as a kiddo with some confusion – were these extensions of high school? Trade schools? Community colleges with ads? Now, I know that For-Profit universities are run as businesses, serving their students as customers and making decisions to maximize share-holders’ profits. They differ from the Non-Profit private schools you normally think of (Harvard, Biola, Princeton) in that they don’t claim to primarily provide a public service; For-Profits are not tax exempt. Continue reading 13 Ways of Looking at For-Profit Higher Education