• August 31, 2015

Robin Wilson: Tales From the For-Profit Sector

As for-profit colleges grow—in size, influence, and public perception—plenty of administrators at traditional colleges could use a primer: What kind of students are enrolling? And what sort of education do they get? Robin Wilson, a Chronicle reporter, shares details and stories from her recent reporting on the for-profit world with Brad Wolverton, a Chronicle editor.


1. arrive2__net - February 11, 2010 at 04:00 am

In this report, Robin Wilson says for-profits are now 10% of the market and often serve a population that may not be well served by the traditional higher education system. I think the for-profits have greatly increased the diversity of higher education by offering a different type of institution, and serving a student population that may not fit in well to the traditional system but who still need, deserve, and can afford post-secondary education. The traditional system in focused on producing scholars, whereas the for-profits are more aimed at producing successful workers. It seems to me that America benefits from having these institutions and the graduates they produce. Does this development represent an advancement in the US's social and economic development toward a more developed, educated, and capable workforce, or just some temporary development dependent on the funding methods used by the federal government? I'm thinking it is a long term and positive change in the way higher ed work for America's success. Still it is reasonable to expect a few bumps in the road. Robin Wilson who is interviewed in this report says she would consider sending her own kids to a for-profit.
Bernard Schuster

2. laoshi - February 14, 2010 at 02:02 pm

For-profits are a threat to the institutions that sponge off the taxpayers. Perhaps they are setting the right example, and we should consider privatizing all of academe.

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