Considering the Third Sector: The New Prominence of For–Profit Higher Education.
Organization of the Volume.
From the Beginning: Development of For–Profit Higher Education in the United States.
Eras of For–Profit Higher Education.
The For–Profit Sector Today.
Institutional Diversity: Classification of the For–Profit Sector.
A New Classification.
Elements of the Classification.
Types of For–Profit Institutions.
Continuing Difficulties with Classification.
Shareholder Owners: Defining an Era.
History of Shareholder Institutions.
Implications of the Wall Street Era.
Measure of Success: Students in the For–Profit Sector.
Student Motivation, Experiences, and Campus Life.
The Academic Mission: Teaching and Learning in the For–Profit Sector.
Do Students Learn?
External Approval: Accrediting the For–Profit Sector.
Background on Accreditation.
For–Profit Accrediting Agencies.
Regional Accreditation of National Institutions.
Creating the Playing Field: State and Federal Regulation.
Current Regulatory Issues.
Reflections and Future Direction.
About the Author.