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

The College Consumer of 2020

Ah – the start of school! Vanderbilt’s campus – lazily rustling with baggie-eyed grad students these last four months – suddenly explodes with fashionable hairstyles and textiles, and textbooks (that heavy undergrad accessory, casually tucked in the nooks of inner elbows). The undergrads apply heavy mascara and hair products in the age-old mating ritual of young people about to be thrust into classrooms full of new possibilities, some less academic than others. (Grad students such as myself are, of course, utterly impervious to all such vanities.) Continue reading The College Consumer of 2020