• August 30, 2015

An Enrollment Surge at For-Profit Colleges


1. schwnj - February 08, 2010 at 12:42 am

I think these data are a bit misleading. For example, this graphic would have us believe that about 25% of all US students enrolled in for-profit schools are in Arizona? I'm guessing that the Arizona count includes ALL University of Phoenix students, which are actually spread out over the country. And, Minnesota is home to Kaplan Education, which might also account for it's high ranking. AZ does have a high number of for-profits (and a low number of traditioanl universities), but these numbers can't be correct.

2. bbaicad - February 08, 2010 at 07:21 am

Dear schwnj:
Please read the note to he left of the map. Thanks, BB

3. coppervz - February 08, 2010 at 09:26 am

Just of point of correction Minnesota is not he home of either Kaplan Higher Education or Kaplan University. Kaplan University has its main campus in Iowa and Kaplan Higher Education is Chicago. I know this because I am a director of tutoring services for Kaplan University.

4. jensoja - February 08, 2010 at 09:38 am

How can the for profit colleges grow so fast without strong football teams?

5. 11294136 - February 08, 2010 at 10:10 am

Minnesota is home to Capella University

6. 12076763 - February 08, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thank you for your comments. I oversaw the presentation of these data for The Chronicle. All three views of this map reflect where students are enrolled, not necessarily where they actually live. So, the U.S. Department of Education counts in Arizona's figure students who live in Tennessee but are enrolled online-only at an Arizona-based institution, for example. The agency does not report separately the residence of students enrolled online-only.

As a result, in the second view shown -- '% of students at for-profits, 2007-8' -- the figures represent in most states the minimum percentage of students enrolled in for-profit colleges there. The percentage could be higher for any given state, if substantial numbers of its students are enrolled online-only in other states. Similarly, the percentages are probably inflated in states where lots of online-only students from other states are enrolled; they states probably include Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

-- Jeffrey Brainard, Manager of Editorial Data Research, Chronicle of Higher Education

7. sdanver - February 10, 2010 at 02:20 pm

Minnesota is also home to Walden University.

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