Nonprofit Colleges Compete on For-Profits' Turf

For-Profit Colleges Consider New Competition From Nonprofits 1

Ken Frick for The Chronicle

Industry-focused for-profit colleges, like the American School of Technology, where students learn air-conditioning repair, may have the brightest future in the business, says an analyst.

On top of all the forces now weighing against the for-profit-college industry—continued government scrutiny, falling enrollments­—there's one that hasn't grabbed any headlines but has the potential to upend some of the most visible players in the sector: robust and inventive competition.

MOOCs for credit, new ventures like the competency-based degrees from Southern New Hampshire University's College for America, and online programs like the