Financial Affairs: TV Documentary on For-Profit Colleges Will Hit Some Nerves—at Times, Rightly So

Michael Clifford

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Michael Clifford, educational entrepreneur with SignificantFederation LLC. Mr. Clifford, a former musician who never attended college, has amassed a fortune purchasing struggling traditional colleges and turning them into for-profit companies.

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Michael Clifford, educational entrepreneur with SignificantFederation LLC. Mr. Clifford, a former musician who never attended college, has amassed a fortune purchasing struggling traditional colleges and turning them into for-profit companies.

The first, last, and most evocative scenes of a Frontline television documentary on for-profit higher education that airs Tuesday night on PBS show an educational entrepreneur named Michael K. Clifford wheeling and dealing over his next college takeover target, while lounging on the lush lawn of his oceanfront headquarters in California or